Revisiting Past horrors with ‘The Naked and The Dead’

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4/5 This photo gives you an idea of the weight of Norman Mailer’s novel. If you have a couple of weeks of rainy days then it might be worth sitting inside and picking this up! Essentially it is 700 pages of character profiles, and the immoralities involved in WWII, based on Mailer’s own experiences in the Philippines.

If you had to relate it to another piece of work i would say it is a more serious version of Catch-22, showing the inescapability of War and the institutions within it.

 

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One thought on “Revisiting Past horrors with ‘The Naked and The Dead’

  1. More serious than Catch 22: it’s a funny book, but it’s serious all right. Norman Mailer sometimes comes over as a man who can hardly walk for the size of his balls, but I don’t think that makes him more serious. Like the blog btw.

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