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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.
Perhaps I made a mistake in reading "The Thin Red Line" prior to reading this book, as Jones' novel is so profound, and is honestly the best book I've ever read about war,... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Joseph Hirsch
The Naked and the Dead is rightly lauded as one of the best novels of the 20th century. It combines a gritty realism with modernist literary techniques seamlessly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Okla Elliott
This World War II novel, which was published in 1948, has many discernible faults, and yet it has undeniable power as it follows one platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by gammyraye
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 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago by D. Bouch