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I'm a fabulist by trade warns Gabriel Noone a late night radio storyteller as he begins to untangle the skeins of his tumultuous life his crumbling ten year love affair his disaffection from hi After reading the book I m not sure why the trailers for the movie tried to pass it off as a thriller it s not creepy or scary or anything It s a mind puzzle and a mystery but I guess Hollywood thinks its audience won t enjoy something cerebral they did the same thing with Stephen King s Secret Window its advertising campaign puzzles me to this day The neatest thing about the book is that it s based on something that actually happened to the author The copy of the book I have contains an article from The New Yorker that sums up the real life story which is pretty similar to the novel I m not sure how I feel about the plot device thrown in during the afterword in some ways I feel like the story itself is complete enough without adding this new layer and in other ways I feel like it folds right into the overall themes of the bookI ve never read Maupin s Tales of the City books but I m inclined to now after seeing what a capable author he is Even though the bulk of The Night Listener is made up of phone calls it moves forward uickly and never stalls

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The Night Listener

Generous beyond his years But when this virtual father son relationship is rocked by doubt a desperate search for the truth ensues Welcome to the complex vertiginous world of The Night Listene A psychological drama billed as a psychological thriller but definitely not a thriller in my opinion that s eual parts weird and mundane Gabriel Noone a writer who has gained fame through a radio serialisation of his stories is sent a copy of a harrowing memoir written by a young boy who has suffered serious sexual abuse and is dying of AIDS Moved by the story he starts to talk to the boy Pete on the phone and the two develop a close relationship seeing themselves as father and son However all is not as it seems with Pete and his adoptive mother Donna and Gabriel s uest for the truth leads him to trek through the snow to Pete s remote home The story about Pete is also used as a backdrop for Gabriel s musings on the state of his relationship his husband Jess has just left him temporarily and his family particularly his father The smallest amount of research into this book reveals it is a roman clef based on a real misery memoir believed to be a hoax that of Anthony Godby Johnson which the author himself was taken in by This story is itself pretty fascinating and Maupin s account of it in this novel had me turning the pages to find out what the outcome would be conseuently this was a uick engrossing read But I never uite felt that the Pete story and the narrator s diversions into other topics fitted together properly There are whole chapters just about Gabriel s parents or his anguish over Jess leaving and these can be frustrating when you re eager to find out what will happen next with Pete I feel the book would probably have worked better as a novella purely about Pete and the potential hoax the story is mainly memorable because of its link to a real life case

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S Southern father his longtime weakness for ignoring reality Gabriel's most sympathetic listener is Pete Lomax a thirteen year old fan in Wisconsin whose own horrific past has left him wise and I watched the movie a lot when I was a teen it had of a creepy vibe to it This is bittersweet and kind of heartbreaking Amistead Maupin is a great storyteller so I m interested in Tales of the City now


10 thoughts on “The Night Listener

  1. says:

    Originally reviewed for Uniuely PleasurableFirst a disclaimer This review covers the original publication of the novel and not the movie tie in version The movie varies substantially and is really rather dreadful from the original novel and it is unknown if the tie in version of the novel was rewritten to incorporate new information andor de

  2. says:

    After reading the book I'm not sure why the trailers for the movie tried to pass it off as a thriller it's not creepy or scary or anything It's a mind puzzle and a mystery but I guess Hollywood thinks its audience won't enjoy something cerebral they did the same thing with Stephen King's Secret Window; its advertising ca

  3. says:

    Okay Within the first five pages it became apparent that this book was about storytelling and truth and falsehood and embellishment Not only does the narrator Gabriel Noone tell the reader this point blank but Armistead Maupin tells us that himself by making the parallels between himself and his main character extremely easy to draw Okay we think here we have an euivalent Armistead Maupin who has written an

  4. says:

    I thought I knew what to expect from this book and how it would resolve itself because I knew that it was based loosely on Maupin's relationship with Anthony Godby Johnson the teenage boy who wrote the memoir A Rock and a Hard Place a book I read and which affected me uite a bit both when I read it and when I found out years later that it might all have been a hoax Lots of famous people were taken in by the po

  5. says:

    This might have got 5 stars if it hadn't been for the ending Once I picked it up I couldn't bear tom put it down I became so engrossed in the plotline and the mystery as to whether or not this boy really existed For me fiction is at

  6. says:

    I watched the movie a lot when I was a teen it had of a creepy vibe to it This is bittersweet and kind of heartbreaking Amistead Maupin is a great storyteller so I'm interested in Tales of the City now

  7. says:

    Knowing nothing of Maupin and even less of Anthony Godby Johnson I read this book without any preconceptions and enjoyed it thoroughly up until Pete's last phone call to the narrator which seemed to me one twist too many At some level this story reminded me of Walter Kirn's Blood Will Out in that both books explore how a minor celebrity with lots of emotional baggage finds himself compelled to believe an unbelievable

  8. says:

    A psychological drama billed as a psychological thriller but definitely not a thriller in my opinion that's eual

  9. says:

    “The Night Listener” is a very good example of how a mystery novel can shine without creepy settings and dark characters in action packed storylines This is a deeply moving uiet and very emotional mystery that builds its enchanting plot lines with subtlety It prevails by keeping the main focus on wonderfully depicted character interactionThere isn’t all that much story to the novel in fact but still it f

  10. says:

    Not one of the Tales of the City books but eually brilliant A real mystery and a great ending about which I will say no