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The Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer
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Mar 06, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

I nearly put the book down after two pages, thinking, Wow, Norman Mailer is REALLY into Norman Mailer. It made me wonder how many square feet his home had, to make room for an ego that outsized. Then I decided to buy into the concept of the book as a novel, and that made all the difference. Okay, so Norman Mailer may not be a warm and fuzzy protagonist, but damn is he ever smart. Plus, Armies provided a look into the Vietnam protest era that one is not likely to find anywhere else. So, for its rarity, Mailer's book is a gem.

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