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Author: Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0140241159
Language: English
Pages: 368 pages
Publisher: Penguin Canada (February 6, 1996)
Rating: 4.3
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Findley's book, Telling of Lies, is supposed to be a murder mystery. Timothy Findley is a former actor and radio performer and scriptwriter from Canada who has written one incredible novel ( Not Wanted On the Voyage ) and quite a few good ones

Findley's book, Telling of Lies, is supposed to be a murder mystery. A man is found dead in his chair at a beach resort. He is an elderly man, so his death is not remarkable, yet the doctor who first examines his body suspects foul play. Timothy Findley is a former actor and radio performer and scriptwriter from Canada who has written one incredible novel ( Not Wanted On the Voyage ) and quite a few good ones. There is no such thing as a "characteristic" Findley novel, and this is no exception. With The Telling Of Lies, the author takes on the murder mystery genre, but of course it's not your typical mystery.

Findley's book, Telling of Lies, is supposed to be a murder mystery. Murder mysteries are supposed to be about foul play.

The Telling of Lies book. I love Timothy Findley and - with one exception - have loved all his books. But since the disappointment of Spadework I hold my breath a little each time, worrying that I might have found another novel unworthy of him. Fortunately The Telling of Lies is an amazing book, very different from others of his that I've read except for the common thread of wonderfully interesting characters.

Timothy Findley was born in 1930. Again repeating an earlier text, Findley turns to Thomas Mann's Death in Venice to write The Telling of Lies (1986)

Timothy Findley was born in 1930. A native of Toronto, Canada, novelist and playwright Timothy Findley initially embarked upon an acting career. Findley worked for the Canadian Stratford Festival and later, after study at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, he toured Britain, Europe, and the United States as a contract player. Again repeating an earlier text, Findley turns to Thomas Mann's Death in Venice to write The Telling of Lies (1986). This novel draws parallels between World War II atrocities and contemporary North America, which Findley sees as a metaphoric concentration camp. Findley died on June 20, 2002 in Provence, France. Bibliographic information.

TIMOTHY FINDLEY (1930–2002) was one of Canada’s most compelling and .

TIMOTHY FINDLEY (1930–2002) was one of Canada’s most compelling and best-loved writers. Elizabeth Rex won the Governor General’s Award for Drama, and The Stillborn Lover won a Chalmers Award.

Find sources: "Timothy Findley" – news · newspapers · books · scholar . The Telling of Lies (1986) (Edgar Award, Best Paperback Original, 1989). The Piano Man's Daughter (1995).

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Timothy Findley is a former actor and radio performer and scriptwriter from Canada who has written one .

Timothy Findley is a former actor and radio performer and scriptwriter from Canada who has written one incredible novel ( Not Wanted On the Voyage ) and quite a few good ones. It takes place on the south coast of Maine, at a resort hotel with an assortment of characters.

The body of wealthy Calder Maddox is found on the beach, the stately Aurora Sands Hotel supplies the suspects, and amateur sleuth and photographer Nessa Van Horne investigates a grisly murder and man's inhumanity to man.
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Ka
Findley's book, Telling of Lies, is supposed to be a murder mystery. A man is found dead in his chair at a beach resort. He is an elderly man, so his death is not remarkable, yet the doctor who first examines his body suspects foul play. All well and good. Murder mysteries are supposed to be about foul play. The only problem is that the good doctor never gives the slightest hint as to WHY he suspects foul play. I kept going back over the pages, trying to find some logic behind his conclusion. The evidence to support it eventually arrives at the end of the book, by which time I had lost interest.

While I enjoyed the telling of the tale - Findley is a good writer - the lack of logic, the loose ends that are never tied up in any satisfactory way, the unconvincing nature of the characters and their interactions, simply did not produce a good novel. The greatest drawback, however, was the device through which the story is told - a journal. It was nearly impossible to get a sense of any plot continuity with the all the jumbled (undated!) journal entries. And while the back story of the narrator was interesting, it really didn't serve any purpose other than to further bog down the story.

One of these days Findley will write a good novel. But this wasn't it.
Ballazan
Timothy Findley is a former actor and radio performer and scriptwriter from Canada who has written one incredible novel (_Not Wanted On the Voyage_) and quite a few good ones. There is no such thing as a "characteristic" Findley novel, and this is no exception.
With _The Telling Of Lies_, the author takes on the murder mystery genre, but of course it's not your typical mystery. It takes place on the south coast of Maine, at a resort hotel with an assortment of characters. The narrator/protagonist, a middle-aged woman, not only tackles and solves the mystery, but intersperses the main plot with memories of her experiences in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during the Second World War.
The story is well told. I liked this book better than _Famous Last Words_ (though it is a less complicated and momentous story) and _The Piano Man's Daughter_, about as much as _The Butterfly Plague_ and his memoir/essay collection _Inside Memory_, but not as much as his masterpiece, _Not Wanted On the Voyage_.