The naked and the dead (Tocsin books) Unknown Binding – 1952
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Focuses mostly on one American army patrol as part of a campaign against Japanese forces on an island in the Pacific.
I liked how the main characters' back stories were told.
My only (minor) complaint is that Mailer, who was trained as an engineer at Harvard, tries too hard to make everything connect, when perhaps, in dealing with human affairs, and wartime especially, the point is that life doesn't always connect. Thus I felt at times the book went on too long, a few hundred pages too long, though I want to say it was still a great reading experience, one I recommend to anyone even remotely interested.
And don't stop there! If you like this one, try Gore Vidal's World War II novel, Williwaw, set in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska (a "Williwaw" is a freak storm up there that whips down from the mountains causing freak seas and havoc to shipping - one such storm features in the book.) Williwaw has a cool style and controlled prose that reminds me of Joseph Conrad. Also consider John Horne Burns' WW II novel, The Gallery, set in Naples at the end of the war. This is a lyrical, almost Tennessee Williams' style-novel, about a hick/yob North American soldier coming into contact for the first time with the older, softer culture of the Mediterranean and falling for it, in the form of a decent and beautiful Neapolitan woman down on her luck in collapsed-economy Naples.
Whilst Mailer is well-known for his anti-war views (having been jailed for his part in the anti-Vietnam war protests in 1967), his approach in this first novel, written when he was (amazingly) only in his mid-20s, is actually very even-handed. It is via the progression of his compellingly realistic narrative, featuring the series of personal (and petty) vendettas between individual soldiers (leading in a number of cases to tragic consequences) and the generally much confused views of the troops as to the ultimate objectives of the conflict on which their lives depend, that lead the reader inexorably to a conclusion which homes in on the futility of war. Along the way, Mailer is (for me) at his most brilliant during the passages involving the senior officers, particularly those between General Cummings and Lieutenant Hearne, and then those between Hearne and Sergeant Croft (as the latter two embark on Cummings' hare-brained scheme of patrolling behind Japanese lines).Read more ›
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A breathtaking debut of WWII. All the more incrediable considering Mailer was a 20 something when he wrote it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by D. Cook
Was part of the syllabus when at Uni and I loved it. Gave it to one of my children for Xmas and they loved it.Published 20 months ago by Alissa Laloutre
A bit of a slow starter but once it gets going it suck you all the way to the end, don't give up on it, very rewarding read!!Published on 12 May 2014 by Justina
The book most adults should read a true Classic, even after all these years.
Novels like this are truly rare.
Being one of the most widely documented subjects in literature, it can be difficult to find a war story that makes an impact; and Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead is... Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2013 by Carol A.
One of the best, if not the best writer in history of american litereture. Norman Mailer, thank You for everything!Published on 17 Feb. 2013 by Marko Stojanovic