Dead not dreaming

11 11 2007

An American Dream by Norman Mailer

An American Dream

With the Mailer obituaries still fresh and still coming up with an, at best, mixed analysis of his life’s achievements and his writings, revisiting this one reminds you of the extraordinary power of some of his work. It’s years since I read this now but I’m still reminded from time to time of the brilliance and sheer energy of the novel. It struck me then as setting a standard to which only a few others have come close since.

So, if tempted to the Mailer back catalogue, go for this one.

5 star

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