The Naked and the Dead

The Naked and the Dead

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Portrays the contrasting personalities and nostalgic reminiscences of a group of World War II American soldiers engaged in a combat operation against the Japanese

Blackwell North Amer
Written in gritty, journalistic detail, The Naked and the Dead follows a platoon of Marines who are stationed on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948 with the wisdom of a man twice Mailer's age and the raw courage of the young man he was, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1998, c1976, c1948
Edition: 50th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780805060171
0805060170
9780805060188
0805060189
Branch Call Number: F MAI
Characteristics: xiii, 721 p. : 1 map ; 22 cm

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lukasevansherman
Dec 09, 2013

Of the Alpha Male writers of the 50s and 60s (Roth, Bellow, Updike), Mailer was the biggest, the baddest, the most. His reputation and antics (wife stabbing, getting murderers released, heavy drinking, running for mayor of NYC) are inseparable from his writing. Since so much about him was excessive, it's fitting that he has a huge, intimidating oeuvre. This is his first novel and is good as any place to start. Set in the Pacific in World War II, it's a war novel without much combat or much conflict. But at least it goes on for over 700 pages. Maybe try "From Here to Eternity" instead?

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kwsmith
Jul 22, 2012

In his first novel, Norman Mailer offers a realistic description of a front line soldier's experiences during World War II. The author, a veteran of America's Pacific Campaign, writes with great realism and emotional depth. Personally, I struggled through the first half of this novel, often wondering why this book is so highly regarded. I'm glad that I finished the book, because the second half is simply amazing.

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