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The Naked and the Dead
posted by Janus on April 29, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Definitely NOT a combat novel.
What bothered me most was the racial and religious stereotyping: the entrepeneurial but weak Jew, the fast-talking, scam-artist Italian, and the snobbish, detached, and Harvard educated New Englander, etc. Nearly each and every character was incredibly unlikeable, with despicable traits and methods that represented the worst of "their kind". Frankly, I wonder if the characters are more of an instantiation of Mailer's own inner believes and predjudices.
Finaly, the inconsistencies and flat-out errors in the story bugged me to no end. Mailer apparently doesn't know how long a yard is based on the many distances he describes in yards -- half of them are unbelievable. And logistical errors, such as exhausted men carrying 90lb packs edging along a 1-foot wide mountain ledge, perhaps can be explained by Mailers apparent lack of time spent in the real world.
posted by dkar3 on October 17, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2006
A make believe island and make believe island for a real war.
The author is trying to tell what men are thinking during war. He spends to much time descibing there fears and uncertianties. He has to much conflict going on among the men. He tell to much about their doubt and fears and it gives the reader and uncomfortable feeling about the characters. Some war stories are timeless such as Red Badge of Courage and can be picked up and read and understood. This book may have been a big hit in the 1940s and 1950s but now I feel that it is tiresome to read and difficult to undrstand why the author felt it necessary some of the parts that he did. It might be better to watch the movie.
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