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This was one of the best written books I have ever read.
At times the language is stilted and wooden, even a little silly, but that doesn't take away from its majestic narrative, at least not in any fatal way.
Mailer's symbolism is matched only by his voice, which comes through easily and demonstrates Mailer's incredible talent.
First Mailer I have read. A lot of psychological analysis of the men in the unit with flashbacks. Not much military action. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Chucklaw
As I understand it, Norman Mailer came from a east coast family of Jewish heritage. He went to college, graduated, and then went in the army as an enlisted man and served in the... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Francis C. Donnelly
This book made a Norman Mailer fan out of me. Great to read as an American, since our entertainment and media is swamped with depictions of WWII as a great and noble crusade. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Bouch
A great read. I read this when I was young. I am reading it now when I am much older and wiser. The new introduction is written by Norman Mailer which is very interesting, because... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vernon Soehner
The reviewers that have panned this novel have all uniformly pointed out that none of the main characters were likeable. Correct, and that is the whole point! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jaime Rubin
This is the first Mailer novel I have read and it will be my last. I believe that he was incapable of developing any character that didn't hate women. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roberta V. Russo