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The Castle in the Forest by Norman Mailer
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Dec 26, 2010

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bookshelves: audio, literature, history, philosophy, politics, psychology
Recommended to Tony by: Barbara
Recommended for: mailer and Hitler fans

A fascinating book. My first of Mailer, and he is certainly a brilliant writer. That said, I was constantly mildly disappointed by the story. His characters and scenes are fully fleshed out in all sorts of details, some many people would prefer not to know. But that sort of thing doesn't bother me. it is that there is a lack of authenticity to the story. it is almost too carefully mapped out, and the characters are too well tailored. it seems somewhat artificial. Also the narrator revealing his true colors, while an obvious take off of CS Lewis, is less than convincing.
It is about Hitler and it is an interesting premise, and I will read the other books when I can get them.
But some might think this is brilliant, some might think it is a waste of time. There are stretches of writing that are brilliantly crafted, and i enjoyed those but overall I was left with an emptiness. I know a LOT about the history from the time after this book ended, so maybe the subsequent ones will ring truer to me

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