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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown; 1st edition (January 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316544132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316544139
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There is much to argue with in "The Prisoner of Sex", and though I'm in sympathy with the aims of the womens' movement, I cheer Mailers' defense of the artists right to use their sexuality and sense of the sensual world as proper fodder for poetic expression.
There are times when Mailer- the- mystic clogs up an otherwise lacerating arguement,where his romanticism veers dangerously towards a lunatics hallucinations, but his defense of Miller, Lawrence and Genet against the clumsier moments of Millets' orginal critique in "Sexual Politics" is literary criticism at its most emphatic.
"Prisoner of Sex" is, I'm afraid, incoherant at times, but there are long passages of rich knock-out prose that demonstrate why Mailer is thought by many to be one of the premiere stylists of the times, and if nothing else, his lyrical defense of D.H.Lawrence is worth the purchase by itself.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1998
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This work, although not typical of Mailer, was of his best. Mailer portrays his views of feminism by tearing apart Kate Millet and her take on feminism. Despite the common perception of this book as an anti-feminist work, Mailer clearly respects the basis of feminism.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Wilson Trivino on February 23, 2012
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The Prisoner of Sex by Norman Mailer is more than what the title alludes; it delves into man in the modern age.
From references of feminism, to literature, to sexual identity, Mailer masterfully cuts through the noise and goes deep into to the heart of man. This is raw Mailer as he deconstructs the world around him to discover one reason for living - sex.
We are guided by sex's force and the urge limits our potential. What makes this book enjoyable is that Mailer is able to weave so many issues around one basic human act. At the time the book was written it created a stir and was counter to the burgeoning feminist movement.
The work is very relevant today and hits on similar issues we face today with the overloaded information age in a politically correct world.
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ted Burke on March 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There is much to argue with in "The Prisoner of Sex", and though I'm in sympathy with the aims of the womens' movement, I cheer Mailers' defense of the artists right to use their sexuality and sense of the sensual world as proper fodder for poetic expression. What makes the book important is precisely the fact that Mailer felt there was a need for a man to stand up and have a word against and about the rising tide of Feminist theory; while many male writers were too confused, adrift in daydreams of irony or bottled up rage, and while the academy was surrendering its arms without a shot being fired, Mailer spoke up and wrote that there was a profound and important difference between the sexes, and that while social justice must and will prevail regarding the rights of women in the work place and overall social sphere, one cannot maintain, straight faced, that the only difference between the sexes has to do with genitalia.

There are times when Mailer- the- mystic clogs up an otherwise lacerating arguement,where his romanticism veers dangerously towards a lunatics hallucinations, but his defense of Miller, Lawrence and Genet against the clumsier moments of Millets' orginal critique in "Sexual Politics" is literary criticism at its most emphatic. "Prisoner of Sex" is, I'm afraid, incoherent at times, but there are long passages of rich knock-out prose that demonstrate why Mailer is thought by many to be one of the premiere stylists of the times, and if nothing else, his lyrical defense of D.H.Lawrence is worth the purchase by itself.
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