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An American Dream by Norman Mailer
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Nov 28, 2009

it was ok
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Read in November, 2009

Having read Mailer's The Fight - a great, evocative book that is occasionally spoilt only by the author becoming the protagonist - I wanted to read one of his novels to see if he created the same intensity.

And he does - sometimes. There are passages which grip you by the throat, there are others which you can't peel your eyes away from.

But ultimately the plot is stretched beyond credulity, characters come and go almost without explanation and certainly without reason, so the overall effect is rambling rather than chaotic.
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