An American Dream

An American Dream Stephen Rojack is a decorated war hero a former Congressman and a certified public intellectual with his own television show He is also married to the very rich very beautiful and utterly amoral D

Stephen Rojack is a decorated war hero, a former Congressman, and a certified public intellectual with his own television show He is also married to the very rich, very beautiful, and utterly amoral Deborah Caughlin Kelly But one night, in the prime of his existence, he hears the moon talking to him on the terrace of a fashionable New York high rise, and it is urging himStephen Rojack is a decorated war hero, a former Congressman, and a certified public intellectual with his own television show He is also married to the very rich, very beautiful, and utterly amoral Deborah Caughlin Kelly But one night, in the prime of his existence, he hears the moon talking to him on the terrace of a fashionable New York high rise, and it is urging him to kill himself It is almost as a defense against that infinitely seductive voice that Rojack murders his wife.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 The Executioner s Song As Rojack runs amok through the city in which he was once a privileged citizen, Mailer peels away the layers of our social norms to reveal a world of pure appetite and relentless cruelty Sensual, horrifying, and informed by a vision that is one part Nietzsche, one part de Sade, and one part Charlie Parker, An American Dream grabs the reader by the throat and refuses to let go.

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An American Dream

  1. Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.Along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, but which covers the essay to the nonfiction novel He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once In 1955, Mailer, together with Ed Fancher and Dan Wolf, first published The Village Voice, which began as an arts and politics oriented weekly newspaper initially distributed in Greenwich Village In 2005, he won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from The National Book Foundation.

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  1. A mind numbingly idiotic book that totes its title without the slightest hint of irony, Norman Mailer s An American Dream asks the most pertinent question of our times i.e the United States circa the early 1960 s What, oh what, is the tough, masculine white man to do in a world full of bitches and black men who may be virile than he is Really groundbreaking work here, Norm This novel follows the adventures of a renowned TV personality who, having had a little too much to drink at a party, recei [...]

  2. Serial Reading and WritingI re read this novel straight after The Deer Park , so I could compare two successive Mailer novels, even though ten years separated them An American Dream is a much tightly structured novel It s not as discursive as The Deer Park Instead, it s divided into eight set pieces, which reflect the fact that it was originally designed and published as eight monthly installments in Esquire magazine in January to August, 1964 It was Mailer s attempt to replicate the works of w [...]

  3. ah mailer at his worst throwaway prose, boring characters, obvious plotting and tired themes amongst mailer s important themes is the whole american masculinity infantliazation thing that hemingway did with considerably force and thought a few decades earlier at his best, mailer is a god at worst as is evident here he s not fit to write a cheap pulp novel.

  4. should be subtitled a book of smells never read so many smells in my life all of them bad seriously, either mailer has the most sensitive nose on the planet, like a bloodhound level smeller, or this is some really weird experimental thing where all the emotional interactions are couched in terms of theoretical odors given off by people on a second to second basis does this exist i don t have much of a sense of smell, and after reading this, am very happy about it anyway yeah, so, this book well, [...]

  5. I m not sure where to begin with this book On the one hand, it s well written and rife with promiscuity, devious sex, murder and booze All of which sort of kicks ass On the other hand, Norman Mailer has succeeded in writing a story that actually made me wish there was LESS testosterone and actual insight Yes I know that the beatniks didn t write to provide insight, they just wrote matter of fact ly and made a mark by letting the readers find their own insight, but fuck that The beatniks can suc [...]

  6. An utterly ridiculous, oftentimes despicable novel Its greatest merit is that it is short Offensive attitudes toward women as is true of pretty much all of Mailer , toward the underclass, toward sex and violence, toward everything Ugh But compulsively readable And, if its title is taken to mean anything, this violent, soft porn soap opera of a novel is intended as a portrait of America s dream of itself in the mid sixties, and its hero someone males of the time might secretly aspire to be Though [...]

  7. If you can stomach the brutal violence and the hysterical anti woman diatribes, Mailer actually makes some pretty good points about racial, sexual, and cultural hypocrisy in America He knows how to write tough cops and the sordid underbelly of big city America And he writes soaring prose, which represents an enormous effort of will.Oh, and not that it makes the book any better, but if you re a fan of MAD MEN, it s easy to picture Jon Hamm as Rojack, January Jones as Deborah, and Christina Hendri [...]

  8. Quase inteiramente escrito na primeira pessoa, em que o narrador , tamb m, o fulcro de todo o livro, este mais um magn fico livro que pertence ao legado negro dos anos 60 do s culo passado,nos EUA A facilidade com que Mailer choca, provoca e nos agarra pelo pesco o para n o mais largar tornam a negritude de todo o enredo t o hipn tica quanto inebriante O mobil semelhante aos que fizeram de tom wolfe ou Sinclair Lewis referencias incontorn veis dos escribas americanos a den ncia da ilus o fr gil [...]

  9. Twenty five whores in the room next door, twenty five floors and I need Sisters of Mercy Vision Thing.If there is a dream then, according to the law of opposites, there should be a counterdream Can reality be considered as a counterdream Or is it paranoia Norman Mailer suggests a poisonous mixture of both So I stood on the balcony by myself and stared at the moon which was full and very low I had a moment then For the moon spoke back to me By which I do not mean that I heard voices, or Luna and [...]

  10. I m really sorry to say that I did not like this book at all I ve had it on my shelf for four years, and I was really excited to finally read a full length work by the late, great Norman Mailer To cushion the review I m about to give, let s just put some things into perspective facts I myself only looked up after reading the book and seriously disliking it this particular novel, his fourth, was actually initiated as a series of installments in Esquire magazine Now that I know this, I m somewhat [...]

  11. Mailer s meditation on violence and evil will not be everyone s idea of a good novel to read on the beach, but An American Dream is a fully realized male fantasy wherein one set upon, White, alcoholic , protagonist berserks himself into sequential delirium fueled rages to rid himself of the crushing banality of the culture that he feels is killing him by the inch To do this, he commits a series of violent and insane acts, in an alcoholic haze challenges sent him by the moon really whose successf [...]

  12. A book that s hard to categorise and hard to quantify It s like a modern Crime and Punishment, written by a possessed Ira Levin, maybe in collaboration with Nelson Algren In essence the plot is simple, but whirling around the plot and enhancing it is a mad vortex of imagery and musings, on death, fate, sin, god and the devil, sex, power, money and magic It s an intoxicating, at times breath taking work Parts of it no doubt went over my head, as sometimes almost entire paragraphs of mind wanderin [...]

  13. Part fantasy, part nightmare, and part expose of the ultimate American Dream, of the corruption at the pinnacle of power and high society The novel, with its first chapter published in Esquire Magazine no than two months after President Kennedy s assassination and roughly a year after Marilyn Monroe s death , begins its very first paragraph with the narrator, Stephen Rojack, a newly elected congressman, detailing his double date with two beautiful young women and fellow congressman Jack Kennedy [...]

  14. Searing, incantatory, manic, surreal, tawdry, wild, exhilerating, vivid, nightmarish, offensive, slightly dementedessive

  15. Startlingly, this was on Playboy s 25 Sexiest Novels Ever Written list The only thing less sexy to me than Norman Mailer s novels is Norman Mailer himself.

  16. A writing style that at first seems like a good easy read, but upon closer study, shows a unique voice in its rhythm and imagery The story was simplistic, but at times quite engaging.

  17. Hmmur stars Not sure if that will hold up in court but I have to admit this book had all the odors of an awful pop murder noir novel but Mailer s motivations to be AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL both a writer and a renegade forged this into a far interesting, disturbing and enlightening territory And seriuosly, Mailer is the most reckless of talents, as the cover so pointedly punctuates The first two chapters of this contain some of the most reckless and dangerous prose confessions I ve ever read war sto [...]

  18. A tirade of unhinged masculinity, at times deliciously enjoyable, others a conundrum.There is rot in the ostentatious world of the privileged the moneyed autocrats who jostle for their perceived entitlements Here, the will is king outside of morality, of destination, of thought There is some gloriously described psychopathic sex early on Here Mailer runs rampant and with much relish decimates the female flesh Steady on, Norman Everything of note plotwise happens in a vomiting ejection at the beg [...]

  19. The human capacity for violence and depravity is intertwined with the toxic effect certain people can have on one another The result is a psychological thriller with complex themes What effect does incest have on the victim over time Does it increase their capacity for utter cruelty Are we all capable of unspeakable acts of violence if pushed far enough This book was met with great controversy when it was written Mailer was not exactly known as Mr Nice Guy and his reputation with women shadowed [...]

  20. This is the first Norman Mailer I ve read It took me a short while to get into it, but once the character really kicks in then the book takes off at a fast and realistic pace Stephen Rojack is surface successful, but underneath burns disatisfaction and disgust After impulsively killing his estranged wife, he is plunged into a couple of limbo days, where casual connections and the promise of a new love mix his emotions into a potential cocktail of sex and violence The book blurb suggests these sc [...]

  21. My first reading of Mailer At certain points, he appears to be channeling Nabokov in poetic execution and shock value And also like Nabakov, he s unable to sustain this compelling vision for long preiods of time the ending left something to be desired I did, however, think it was a good read and found his hallucinatory writing to be both heady chalk full of strange Freudian jungian interplay and capitvating in style Also, the man is definitely moving in the same waters as Kerouac and Ginsberg wh [...]

  22. Having read Mailer s The Fight a great, evocative book that is occasionally spoilt only by the author becoming the protagonist I wanted to read one of his novels to see if he created the same intensity.And he does sometimes There are passages which grip you by the throat, there are others which you can t peel your eyes away from.But ultimately the plot is stretched beyond credulity, characters come and go almost without explanation and certainly without reason, so the overall effect is rambling [...]

  23. It s is a disturing,very very problematic book which got me feel like the writer tries to impose his all racist,sexist and I dont know what else thoughts to you as others said and I didn t get actually what the writer wants to achieve by using such a poetic style for the nasty things.I mean Its the worst book Ive read after Clockwork orange.Its writing style kinda similar to Nabokov s but when you finish it,you dont feel like you ve read a book worth reading.I get it,there is a criticism about s [...]

  24. Mailer is a transcendent writer, and challenged societal conventions in his day While this book is beautifully written, a PTSD flashback of war here is movingly and horrifyingly scripted , it s a prime example of a writer resting on his laurels Violent, profane and banal, this is quite simply shock literature that was made a classic because of the sheer fact it challenged the limits of free speech in its day There s not much here of substance Mailer is a great writer this is a terrible book.

  25. A whack masterpiece of writing espousing some bizarro Mickey Spillane gone hipster prose that puts you in a Jack Daniels fueled hammerlock of Cape Cod psychosis I like the way the book started with a reference to JFK as the book was written shortly after his assassination Everything in this book is nuts and by the laws of physics I shouldn t even like it but its so brain fried it gives me a boner.

  26. This book was thoroughly mediocre Stretches of it were intriguing, but long stretches of it were meandering rambles that didn t seem to have much of a point This book almost earned a three star rating, for the intriguing parts were quite intriguing, but when an author stoops to using sex and the underbelly of high society to make things interesting, well, that just cheapens a novel and makes it feel like the author has given up on the book.

  27. p.151 I could feel mysteries revolving into mysteries like galaxies forming themselves, and knew with some sort of defeated woe that I would never learn a tenth of what had really happened, not ever.

  28. just started.i love his twisted characters We all need a little unsettling fiction in our lives reminds us how normal we really are have not picked this one back up in a while I have been booked out with School books.

  29. Hypermasculinity, misogyny, and racism It gets two stars for some pretty writing, though overall Bullshit Now to write a fucking essay on this asswash.

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