The Castle in the Forest: A Novel
Also, the Devil pulled the strings like...like Bela Lugosi in Glen or Glenda.
But, couldn't get beyond page 100.
And, keep in mind, it's part one of a trilogy.
Forest of Trees is due in 2009, with Blondi and Eva to follow in 2010.
The story itself was interesting only because we know this boy grows up to be a monster, but honestly, he wasn...more
The book is really more about Hitler's family than about him, and some in the book club began to r...more
The tale chronicles the formation of the young Adolph Hitler and events leading up to his birth that contributed to his nature. Truthfully this book would bore a neo-Nazi to tears. Great if you are into beekeeping, incest or Austrian Customs inspection techniques of the 1800'...more
A strong solid story marred with Mailer's overwrought obsessions/preconceptions with Freudian scatology and creepy incest and the like.
Mailer is much better off when he cuts out the self-consciously radical metaphysical hullabaloo and tells the freakin' story.
This goes equally well for this novel as for many in the Mailer canon.
A noble failure. Mailer tried to exemplify his philosophical system (which I find fascinating) using the story of Hitler's childhood and young adulthood. Interesting con...more
Modern psychology, Mr. Mailer implies, cannot account for the rise of Adolf Hitler. He has a...more
We are dealing with the early life of Adolf Hitler. This makes the book pseudo fiction - as it plays on myths, legends and half truths. Was Hitler part Jewish? Was he the product of an Incesteous Union? Did he have only one ball?
Its that sort of book - deadly serious and blackly humorous. Also plays a nod to the art of fiction in a playful way.
I liked the narrator of...more
I picked this audio book off the shelf on the way out town o...more
Not that this is vintage Mailer, but it does contain vintage Mailer themes: sexual untidiness, grumbling guilt and bad faith, accident as opportunistic History, harmartia, and an existential theology, a battle between good and bad angels -- in this case, a secret bureaucracy not American, but tha...more
As I read...more
After tackling Marilyn Monroe, Jesus Christ (The Gospel According to the Son), Lee Harvey Oswald, Picasso, Muhammad Ali, and others, Norman Mailer claimed that an insistent muse led him to the story of Hitler's childhood. His first book in 10 years received mix reviews. Supporters opined that no matter how distasteful his subject, Mailer still exerts a powerful, mesmerizing hold on his readers. Detractors, however, cited a clumsy Freudian hypothesis (Hitler as possibly the offspring of father-da...more
600-sivuisen teoksen kahlaaminen vaati kyllä pitkäjänteisyyttä ja sitä odottamaani satiiria jäin kaipaamaan. Lähes kaksisataa sivua Adolfin isän Aloisin mehiläistenhoidon kuvausta oli puuduttavaa (vaikka ymmärrä...more
The narrator was Harris Yulin and he does a great job narrating with an American accent while doing the voices in a German one. (Harris Yulin played Head Watcher Quentin Travers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy: "....and with out the slayer, you're just watching Masterpiece Theatre".) This novel is 15 discs long and had to have a good narrator. I don't think I could...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