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Why Are We in Vietnam?: A Novel Paperback – August 5, 2000
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“It is impossible to walk away from this novel without being sharply reminded of the fact that Norman Mailer is a writer of extraordinary ability.” ―Chicago Tribune
“A shattering social commentary . . . The book is a tour de force, a treatise on human nature, society, and war in flip disguise.” ―Dallas News
“A book of great integrity. All the odd qualities are here: Mailer's remarkable feeling for the sensory event, the detail, 'the way it was,' his power and energy.” ―The New York Review of Books
“Original, courageous, and provocative.” ―The New York Times
About the Author
Among Norman Mailer's other achievements are The Naked and the Dead, The Armies of the Night, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1968, and The Executioner's Song, which won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize.
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Top Customer Reviews
And while it's important to know the politics and history and economics and all that jazz, I think the Final Key to understanding America's worst self-inflicted wound might be in this book.
This kid, D.J., belongs on the same shelf as Scout and Jeb in "Mockingbird" and Holden Caulfield in "Catcher" and Benjamin in "The Graduate", and that anonymous American Hero in "Red Badge of Courage."
They all say that our children have something important to teach us.
In a way, it's a pity that Mailer tied this story so closely to a specific war, because the book is powerfully relevant to Americans' view of themselves in many other historical contexts. But it's not a dull dissertation; it's entertaining, lively, and often hilarious. Still very much worth reading.
While becoming immersed in this whirlwind of a novel, I thought of the "The Deerhunter," a powerful film also addressing the issues of macho behavior against the backdrop of the War in Vietnam. Norman Mailer's novel, as good as it is, confirms many of my worst beliefs about male hubris, love of violence, and war.
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Why Are We in Vietnam? reads like Ernest Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa and William Faulkner’s “The Bear” as channelled through Doonesbury. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Buzalka
Don't waste your time with Mailer's literary pyrotechnics.Published 9 months ago by Bartleby (scrivner)
I only wish there was a 0 rating. I found this book vulgar and nothing to due with the title. I would not recomend to anyone.Published on October 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer