An American dream

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Dial Press, 1965 - Fiction - 270 pages
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In this nightmare vision of life, a hard-drinking TV figure, with schizophrenic tendencies, strangles his wealthy wife.

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two of the best love scenes i've ever read. - Goodreads
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Yes, it's full of misogyny, homophobia and racism but it's so well written that you don't really mind. None of the characters are likable but whoever said that was a requirement? Mailer is a genius of the twentieth century novel. Read full review

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User Review  - Jordan - Goodreads

Mailer's mythic view of the world - it's filled with demons and angels and spirits and such - is unlike most any other contemporary literature. You can hate him, or you can find a way to appreciate a nonpareil firebrand who lived too much outside his books. Read full review


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Norman Kingsley Mailer was born on January 31, 1923 in Long Branch, N. J. and then moved with his family to Brooklyn, N. Y. Mailer later attended Harvard University and graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering. Mailer served in the Army during World War II, and later wrote, directed, and acted in motion pictures. He was also a co-founder of the Village Voice and edited Disssent for nine years. Mailer has written several books including: The Armies of the Night, which won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and a Polk Award; and The Executioner's Song, which won the Pulitzer Prize. In 2005, he won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation. He published his last novel, The Castle in the Forest, in 2007. He died of acute renal failure on November 10, 2007.

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