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The mental tussle between Hearn and Cummings provided some great moments of tension, you are never sure how the General will react to Hearns challenges.
Mailer does a great job of impressing upon the reader the extent of physical toil and pain the men are put through, the 'litter detail' in particular. I could literally feel my arms and legs ache as I read it.
He also was not afraid to confront a wide spread resentment of the Jews amongst the men, at a time when, post Holocaust, many would have liked to conviniently forget their previous prejudices.