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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 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 ...

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An American Dream: A Novel

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Overview

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 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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"A writer of the greatest and most reckless talents." —The New Yorker"A devastatingly alive and original creative mind." —Life"A work of fierce concentration. . . . Perfectly, and often brilliantly, realistic [with] . . . a pattern of remarkable imaginative coherence and intensity." —Harper's
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375700705
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Vintage International
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer was born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1955, he was one of the co-founders of The Village Voice. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner's Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot's Ghost; Oswald's Tale; The Gospel According to the Son, The Castle and the Forest and On God. He died in 2007.

Biography

One of the most provocative authors of the 20th century, Norman Mailer stood at the forefront of the New Journalism, a form of creative nonfiction that wove autobiography, real events, and political commentary into unconventional novels. In a career that spanned nearly 60 years, he wrote more than 30 books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night,, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner's Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot's Ghost; Oswald's Tale; The Gospel According to the Son; and his last novel, The Castle in the Forest, a chilling fictional portrait of the youthful Adolf Hitler. On November 10, 2007, he died of renal failure, leaving behind an astonishing literary legacy.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Nachem Malech Mailer
      Norman Mailer
    2. Hometown:
      Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 31, 1923
    2. Place of Birth:
      Long Branch, New Jersey
    1. Date of Death:
      November 10, 2007

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Wildly interesting, confusing, shocking!

    While reading this book, I felt many difference feelings and emotions mingle and then, in some cases drop me again. The author was obsessed with the sences, especially smells. His discriptions were very clear and in some cases shocking. I was not expecting the story that unfolded before me. Our book club is reading this novel for our monthly selection and many of us were quite shocked, especially in the beginning. Some of my personal reactions were swings of mood, unlike any other book that I've experienced. I did not necessarily enjoy the book, but I have to say because of the writer's skill at discription, I was not dissapointed in the intellectual quality of the read. The Character development was perfect, the plot seemed to ebb and flow in my imagination. Sometimes engrossing me and other times boring me to death. I can say I am glad I read this selection, because of the mixture of feelings the author managed to pull from me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2007

    A Thriller to the Finish

    i first picked up this book after reading a Jim Morrison biography in which he declared An American Dream & Norman Mailer a major influence. It shows throughout this book. From the first chapter you actually feel yourself & your mind going 110 m.p.h. The book does a wonderful balancing act (if it can be called that) between the linear story & the insane (or not so) things going on in our main character's head. I personally felt a close bond with this book because of recurring dreams i have of being 'sweated down' by the cops at a station somewhere. I honestly couldn't put it down. There's also great underlying telepathy/deja vu themes throughout, & you'll find yourself flipping to earlier chapters to check it out. Possibly my most favorite thriller novel. (Also, for Doors fans, notice the title of the last chapter?...'cobra on my left leopard on my right'...)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2001

    Twisted Dream

    When a gun culture pursues happiness...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    Best damn read you ever picked up !

    Imagine identifying with a cold-blooded killer. I mean really feeling something for the guy. Mailer pulls it off. You'll find yourself rooting for the main character, wanting to see him get away with it. The pathos hits you from a most discreet and surprising angle. A must for any person who appreciates excellent writing.

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