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by Norman Mailer (Author) The Executioner's Song (Mass Market Paperback) Unknown Binding – 1980


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  • Unknown Binding
  • ASIN: B00361SQ7E
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,009,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Bliven on November 15, 2010
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I was a child of 11 years old when Gary Gilmore was executed. I was old enough to understand what capital punishment was, but I didn't understand the nature of his crimes. I will never forget the day he was executed. I lived in northern Indiana and the weather was frigid on that day. I was in the car with my mom when they came on the radio and announced he had been executed. I felt terrible for him as I only knew he had been killed.

If interested in the saga of Gary Gilmore, I HIGHLY recommend this book along with "Shot In The Heart" by his brother Mikal Gilmore. Combined, they provide a pretty vivid picture of who Gary Gilmore was. Although I am still against capital punishment, it makes perfect sense, after 33 or so years, why Gary Gilmore was executed.

The book itself arrived very quickly and ahead of schedule. The font is perfect for a 45 year old guy that requires reading glasses now. It's a shame this book is out of print and not more available.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By REESE ELLA HOWARD on November 12, 2012
In any language, unless you count the Gospels....In conjunction with Mikal Gilmore's Shot in the Heart, it explains why Gary Gilmore was what he was, a crazy sociopath and alcoholic who committed two senseless murders. He was given every opportunity to start a new life and threw them all away. You cannot put this book down. The people associated with Gary from the time he got out of prison until his death are richly described and seem as real as your co-workers or next door neighbors. Norman Mailer had a gift like no other. Yet his other books, his novels, just don't measure up to this one. His style here is inimitable, and I came away stunned. Read it--the 1100 pages are not long enough.
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i was blown away by this book.this is a heartbreaking story,,so it was very hard for me to finish it since i knew what happened to Gilmore. I moved Utah in 1996and when i bought this book i did not know that it happened here. there are people who knew Gilmore in my family. i can;t think about this book without feeling profound sadness.
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By Wayne Little on November 24, 2012
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Fascinating story and well put together. I had almost forgotten about Gary Gilmore, and it still amazes me how so much was made over the execution of a stone-cold killer who wanted to be executed.
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