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The Executioner's Song - Norman Mailer
The Executioner's Song
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Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer PrizeIn what is arguably his greatest book, America's most heroically ambitious writer followsthe short, blighted career of Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of America'sprisons who became notorious for two reasons: first, for robbing two men in 1976,... show more
Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer PrizeIn what is arguably his greatest book, America's most heroically ambitious writer followsthe short, blighted career of Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of America'sprisons who became notorious for two reasons: first, for robbing two men in 1976, thenkilling them in cold blood; and, second, after being tried and convicted, for insisting ondying for his crime. To do so, he had to fight a system that seemed paradoxically intent onkeeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death.Norman Mailer tells Gilmore's story--and those of the men and women caught up in hisprocession toward the firing squad--with implacable authority, steely compassion, and arestraint that evokes the parched landscapes and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. TheExecutioner's Song is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest sources ofAmerican loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement--impossible to put down, impossible to forget.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375700811 (0375700811)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 1056
Edition language: English
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Moonlight Murder
Moonlight Murder rated it
2.5 Letting a killer off the hook?
This review was originally posted on amazon on August 23, 2004. It's been approximately 35 years (edited: it has now been 45 years) since this book was originally published. In the interim, the public has seen many men executed, some clearly worse than Gary Gilmore, including Ted Bundy and Timothy...
Seriously, Read a Book!
Seriously, Read a Book! rated it
5.0 The Executioner's Song
Unlike anything else I've ever read in just how naturally absorbed you are by the story and its many inhabitants. Glad I trusted Dave Eggars' entreaty that it would be "the fastest 1,000 pages you will ever know."
Seriously, Read a Book!
Seriously, Read a Book! rated it
5.0 The Executioner's Song
Unlike anything else I've ever read in just how naturally absorbed you are by the story and its many inhabitants. Glad I trusted Dave Eggars' entreaty that it would be "the fastest 1,000 pages you will ever know."
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UNICORN PORN FOR ALL rated it
3.0
I get what Mailer's doing here. He's using the case of murderer Gary Gilmore to raise big questions about good and evil and free will, and it's a smart thing to do and he does a good job. But that doesn't change that it's a bummer of a book.And it should have been pruned. It is important for Mailer ...
travelin
travelin rated it
2.0 The Executioner's Song
Yawn. Yeah Norman, you're a tough little Harvard grad who spent all his writing energy on self-promotion.
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