The problem is that it also confirmed for me that I'm just not all that into the war epic in the "from here to eternity" style. I admire Mailer's plot and character development on principle, and there...more
This book has some glaring anomalies in it that are easy to pick on, but one must remember the age of the author at the time of writing. Such as:
1. The seemingly self-imposed censorship, most notably in the substitution of 'fug' for 'fuck.' At first I thought it was a dialect thing, but as the novel rolls on I realized it was just reluctance to use the real curse word. Publisher-imposed for publicity r...more
Mailer describes the jungle in perfect detail. You can almost feel yourself being smothered by the den...more
Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially doe the occasion by Norman Mailer.
Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed i
Norman Mailer's debut novel is one of the most unheroic depictions of the Second World War in fiction. If tells the story of one platoon in the American campaign to take the fictional Pacific island of Anopopei from the Japanese; these are uneducated, not particularly bright young men, not fighting for any particular reason; they are like the soldiers in All Quiet on the Western Front (a clear influence). Mailer was himself involved in the war...more
Well, I got only a little over a hundred pages in, and IMHO The Naked and the Dead isn't bad, but it is not a better book than War and Peace or The Il...more
nobody could sleep. when morning came, assault craft would be lowered and the first wave of troops would ride through the surf and charge ashore on the beach at anopopei. all over the ship, and all through the convoy, there was a knowledge that in a few hours some of th...more
I had read a few other reviews on this site before I finished and I can definitely understand some of the points that were made. None of the characters really had any redee...more
Un pelotón de estos desembarca en una pequeña isla como en tantas hubo de lucharse. Los japoneses están ya siendo vencidos a lo que se ve.
La trama es una misión absurda por un difícil paso de montaña ordenada por un general de ideas tan nazis como las del Eje, y que lo ordena a un teniente que trata de ser racional en su m...more
Mailer doesn't spare us on the details of war and paints a very graphic picture of what actually happens to men in battle. We feel the sweat as it drips down a filthy face. We see the decomposing corpses. We smell the excrement...more
Anyway, it is a striking story, and I find it hard to believe that this is Mailer's first published book. There is such detail to it (hence the length) and such brilliant insights into people (well, I should reall...more
It is long, but upon starting it I wasn’t worried about that. It grabbed me pretty quickly. You get to know the men, immediately view them in scenes that reveal their individual characters as well as their role in the Army. The campaign is set up and as a reader I w...more
Along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, but which covers the essay to the nonfiction novel. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once....more