The Naked and the Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition, With a New Introduction by the Author

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Picador, Aug 5, 2000 - Fiction - 721 pages
22 Reviews
Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially doe the occasion by Norman Mailer.

Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.

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Review: The Naked and the Dead

User Review  - Nooilforpacifists - Goodreads

This is not a war novel, but a novel about Americans at war. And which Americans? Largely cast with Depression-era misanthropes, Mailer zooms in and out via flashbacks (called "Time Machines") in an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brad Lyerla - Goodreads

THE NAKED AND THE DEAD was Norman Mailer's first and most successful novel. It was widely admired, but not without its critics. Some seemed to dislike that Mailer separated his characters' flashbacks ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

Norman Mailer's first novel, The Naked and the Dead, is widely regarded as one of the finest American novels of the twentieth century. Among Norman Mailer's other achievements are Why Are We in Vietnam?, The Armies of the Night, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1968, and The Executioner's Song, which won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize.

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