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I don't need to follow Mailer's idiocy into the kind of depraved violence that I now see is contained in this work.
More often than not they have not really known where to look and have come to the conclusion that the American Dream is dead or at least decaying.
Mailer's descriptions of the fluctuating anguish and joy in Stephen's character are so vivid, so clear and so startling in his actions.
Prior to reading this book, I was a big Norman Mailer fan. BUT! I did not like this book at all; it is as though Mailer put all of his personal thoughts, fantasies, and feelings... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam
I'll start by saying two things. One, this is one of my all-time favorite novels, so I'm biased. Two, this novel has been reviewed ad nauseam so I won't re-hash what others have... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kris Villager
I think the reviewers who gave this book one star bring up some really ridiculous points. Especially the woman who says that he "raped" the maid, which is clearly not the case. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mark Sanchez
Mailer's protagonist, Stephen Rojack, is a war hero who gets eased into politics, quits, becomes a talk show host and college professor and man about Manhattan with an heiress... Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by louienapoli
In some ways, Mailer's An American Dream must have shocked far more when it came out than it does now. Read morePublished on March 12, 2010 by reader 451
I first read An American Dream back in college and have reread it three times since ... it remains a haunting look at the demons inside us all. Read morePublished on December 1, 2008 by Charlie Stella
Stephen Rojack is (in the words of the publisher's blurb) a decorated war hero, a former Congressman and a certified public intellectual with his own television show. Read morePublished on February 29, 2008 by J C E Hitchcock
I never get tired of this book by Norman Mailer as read by MacDonald Carey. He has a great voice and a great acting style that make you see the book in your head like a movie! Read morePublished on October 1, 2007 by Sandra in Motown
Mailer's `classic' story of a supposedly all-American life gone astray is at times very good, but all too often it doesn't reach the heights that it is aiming for. Read morePublished on September 4, 2007 by T. F. Johnson