After hundreds of pages of struggle and toil, the platoon is sent running after it stumbles into a bee hive. Ha ha, the jokes on you. This is an amazing book considering it was the author's first published novel. It follows a particular platoon, the intelligence and recon platoon of the headquarters company of an infantry regiment. Jul 30, Jack rated it liked it. The hispanic sergant, for example, who is a capable if not confident soldier, for some reason has an inner monologue that is written in fractured and childlike stream of consciouseness, as if Mailer equated difficulty speaking a English as a second language with stupidity. Rusk reports on Viet Cong strength.
The Naked and the Dead Summary
It is as fresh today as it was when first written shortly after the end of World War 11 and still is deeply relevant. If you are expecting an action packed book, following the lives of the bravest soldiers out there - do not pick up this book. He crafts each and every character so carefully, it seems as if you are getting to know them. Published on 26 February They're openly racist, not just against their enemies, the Japanese which would be somewhat understandable, given the circumstances, but against black people, against Jews. Norman Mailer writes in detail about the things these men do day in and day out.
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer [A Review] – We Need to Talk About Books
We are promiscuity itself. We had done a great job, We had followed the war on radio, in the local newspapers, in the magazines but there was little to suggest the reality of it. Pourtant, les membres de la mission choisi par l'auteur represente toutes les couches de la societe americaine de l'epoque ci qui permet a l'auteur de donner un portrait tres exact des divergences de point de vues de ces groupes. Je reccommende ce roman fortement aux francias qui s'interressent a la deuxieme grande guerre mondiale mais qui veulent connaitre l'ambiance de la guerre dans le Pacifique. War didn't change only those who lost their loved ones. Few figures in modern literature are as under accomplished and overrated as the execrable Norman Mailer, who has basically skated for 50 years on the reputation of this semi autobiographical novel. What is left is an impression of a war so gritty and dirty that one feels disgusted I remember one character having some sort of kidney problem, with attendant stomach-ache and blood in urine - for me, this has become the defining image of war.
Das Einteilen eines fiktiven Werks hat er Zeit seines Lebens nicht mehr gelernt. I just made that last one up. Mailer exposes each characters hang ups and dysfunctions and simply shows how each functions under the stress of combat and military life in general. Whether you like it or not, that's the highest effectiveness man has achieved. Aber bis der Rekrut Mailer geschliffen war, gab es kaum noch nennenswerte Schlachten im Pazifik zu schlagen. Una nazione combatte bene in rapporto al numero di uomini che ha a disposizione. Sure, Mailer was an out-sized personality, but this book was written before all that.