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The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
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Sep 10, 2011

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

This book follows the campaign on a fictional island in the Pacific War mostly through the eyes of a single platoon. If you like war novels, this is pretty good for its realism. I assume it's realistic, but since I have not been involved in any jungle warfare, I could be completely wrong. The most interesting parts of the book, however, are not in its descriptions of war, but in its descriptions of the men involved in it. The histories and thoughts of the many central characters are traced in detail, and it's impressive that the author can make the personalities of the men so distinct. One problem I saw, however, is that the characters tended toward the maladjusted, and the women in their lives were presented as problematic. The book is too long, too. I think it could be half its length with the same impact. It's a very good book that I highly recommend.

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