An American Dream

An American Dream

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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In this wild battering ram of a novel, which was originally published to vast controversy in 1965, Norman Mailer creates a character who might be a fictional precursor of the philosopher-killer he would later profile in -- -- -- "A work of fierce concentration . . . perfectly, and often brilliantly, realistic (with) a pattern of remarkable imaginative coherence and intensity. -- "-- -- -- -- -- -- --The Cincinnati Post
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2013
ISBN: 9780812985979
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Feb 18, 2014

After the relative failure of his third book, "The Deer Park (my theory for why it failed: it sucked), Mailer took nearly a decade off from novels, returning in 1965 with "An American Dream," the story of a man who murders his wife. The heavy-handed irony of the title is a clear reference to Dreiser's "An American Tragedy," which is also about a man who murders a woman. This is Mailer at his most brutal, unhinged and libidinous and it's a thoroughly ugly and unpleasant read, with absurd sex scenes redolent of Lawrence, borderline misogyny and a badly calculated scene where Mailer tries to imitate "black" speech. Truly terrible.


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