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Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery Paperback – June 25, 1996
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Praise for Oswald’s Tale
“America’s largest mystery has found its greatest interpreter.”—The Washington Post Book World
“Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance. . . . From the American master conjurer of dark and swirling purpose, a moving reflection.”—Robert Stone, The New York Review of Books
“A narrative of tremendous energy and panache; the author at the top of his form.”—Christopher Hitchens, Financial Times
“The performance of an author relishing the force and reach of his own acuity.”—Martin Amis, The Sunday Times (London)
Praise for Norman Mailer
“[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation.”—The New York Times
“A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent.”—The New Yorker
“Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure.”—The Washington Post
“A devastatingly alive and original creative mind.”—Life
“Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.”—The New York Review of Books
“The largest mind and imagination [in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book.”—Chicago Tribune
“Mailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream.”—The Cincinnati Post
From the Inside Flap
"MARVELOUS . . . BREATHTAKING."
--The New York Times Book Review
"MAILER SHINES . . . Explaining Kennedy's assassination through the flaws in Oswald's character has been attempted before, notably by Gerald Posner in Case Closed and Don Delillo in Libra. But neither handled Oswald with the kind of dexterity and literary imagination that Mailer here supplies in great force. . . . Oswald's Tale weaves a story not only about Oswald or Kennedy's death but about the culture surrounding the assassination, one that remains replete with miscomprehensions, unraveled threads and lack of resolution: All of which makes Oswald's Tale more true-to-life than any fact-driven treatise could hope to be. . . . Vintage Mailer."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"FASCINATING . . . A MASTER STORYTELLER . . . Mailer gives us our clearest, deepest view of Oswald yet. . . . Inside three pages you are utterly absorbed."
--Detroit Free Press
"MAILER AT HIS BEST . . . LIVELY AND CONVINCING . . . EXTREMELY
LUCID . . . Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance. . . . [He] has found a way to make the dry bones of KGB tapes and his own interviews stand up and perform. . . . From the American master conjurer of dark and swirling purpose, a moving reflection."
The New York Review of Books
"THIS IS A NARRATIVE OF TREMENDOUS ENERGY AND PANACHE; THE AUTHOR AT THE TOP OF HIS FORM."
"Mailer has written some pretty crazy books in his time, but this isn't one of them. Like its predecessor, Harlot's Ghost, it is the performance of an author relishing the force and reach ofhis own acuity."
The London Sunday Times
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It is worth to read this book since it helps understand one of the worst moments in the history of the American presidents. It will not solve the mysteries or doubts around the assassination of JFK, but, after reading it, and considering all sources are credible, the book may help you arrive to a conclusion. The journalistic investigation is a solid part of the book and it is reliable since it cites its sources, which are valuable as in the case of the KGB. Will we know everything after reading this book? It's hard to tell.
The life of LHO was short, but he really disturbed governments in his last years of life. With his "all or nothing" attitude and boldness was able to stay in the USSR, after an intent of suicide, and he affected the lives of whoever he spoke to, either in the USA or the USSR.
His life could be compared to other violent and bold men like Hitler and Che Guevara since ideology and violence were behind their actions. But LHO was not in the right place (country) or the right time to enjoy victories, though temporary, the other two mentioned men had. Any good ideological intention gets dissipated by the fact that LHO was abusive with his wife to the point of hurting her.
This book is not a brilliant literary work, but it may help clarify the facts surrounding JFK assassination. From what I read in the book, the conspiracy theory is weak, everything points to this unbalanced human being. He bought a rifle, he practiced, he tried to kill another man and he had motives, which were to go against capitalism, and Kennedy was the symbol and he was a self declared "socialist". Mailer will give you the facts (in depth) and you can be the judge.
Norman Mailer has a way of writing that is incredible and unique.
You must be interested in the subject matter, because it is very long.
In a Kindle edition, hard to jump ahead or to skip anything.