The Executioner's Song (Google eBook)

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Grand Central Publishing, May 8, 2012 - Fiction - 300 pages
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Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in a brand-new edition.

Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous.

Mailer tells not only Gilmore's story, but those of the men and women caught in the web of his life and drawn into his procession toward the firing squad. All with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscape and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest source of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement-impossible to put down, impossible to forget.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

This book may have been the inspiration for the more popular works of Hunter S. Thompson. A perceptive liberal, Norman was present during the nomination conventions of Kennedy and Johnson, and his ... Read full review

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I'm a fan of true crime novels, and my interest is piqued higher for this one because I was living in Orem, Utah in 1976, when these crimes took place. I lived a few blocks away from the Sinclair ... Read full review

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Contents

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PART SIX
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PART SEVEN
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Chapter 32
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Book Two
PART ONE
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Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
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Chapter 4
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Chapter 5
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Chapter 7
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Chapter 8
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Chapter 9
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Chapter 12
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Chapter 13
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Chapter 14
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Chapter 15
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Chapter 16
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Chapter 17
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Chapter 20
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Chapter 21
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PART FIVE
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Chapter 23
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Chapter 24
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Chapter 25
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Chapter 26
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Chapter 27
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Chapter 28
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Chapter 29
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Chapter 35
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Chapter 36
Chapter 37
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Chapter 41
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Chapter 43
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Chapter 44
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AN AFTERWORD
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APPENDIX
Gilmore Statement
QUESTIONS FOR GARY GILMORE
Also by Norman Mailer
Extraordinary Acclaim For The Executioners Song
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Copyright
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About the author (2012)

Norman Mailer was born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1955, he was one of the co-founders of The Village Voice. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner's Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot's Ghost; Oswald's Tale; The Gospel According to the Son, The Castle and the Forest and On God. He died in 2007.

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