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Naked and the Dead

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

The Naked and the Dead

It is arguable that no book better captures the feelings and personalities of young soldiers at war better than this one. Every character is unique and wholly believable. When one of them dies the reader feels as though he/she has just lost a friend. A must read for any...
It is arguable that no book better captures the feelings and personalities of young soldiers at war better than this one. Every character is unique and wholly believable. When one of them dies the reader feels as though he/she has just lost a friend. A must read for anyone who wishes to gain a better appreciation for the brutality and emotion of war.

posted by Janus on April 29, 2009

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3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Definitely NOT a combat novel.

Although some have said its a combat novel, I couldn't disagree more. There is very little combat (or 'action') in the book, with nearly the entire book dedicated to the interactions between the very well defined characters. The relationships, interactions, and chal...
Although some have said its a combat novel, I couldn't disagree more. There is very little combat (or 'action') in the book, with nearly the entire book dedicated to the interactions between the very well defined characters. The relationships, interactions, and challenges of the characters could could have just as easily occurred within a mountain climbing team, a sports team, or sailing crew. There is really nothing about the core of story that depends specifically on a war environment.

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, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    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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