The Deer Park

The Deer Park

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by Norman Mailer
     
 

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Desert D'Or is the fashionable California resort where Hollywood's glittering elite converge when they need a break from city of celluloid dreams. It is an incestuous hothouse of a town - a haven for manipulators, film stars, lovers, pimps, producers, whores, gamblers, scriptwriters and cheats.

Into this nightmare world of depravity arrives Sergius O'Shaughnessy,

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Desert D'Or is the fashionable California resort where Hollywood's glittering elite converge when they need a break from city of celluloid dreams. It is an incestuous hothouse of a town - a haven for manipulators, film stars, lovers, pimps, producers, whores, gamblers, scriptwriters and cheats.

Into this nightmare world of depravity arrives Sergius O'Shaughnessy, recently discharged from the Air Force, traumatized by his war experiences and trying to write the Great American Novel. But O'Shaughnessy's burning ambition begins to lose its edge; lured by greed and ruled by weakness, he soon becomes disturbingly familiar with the dangerous life of slick compromises and a sexual follies…

The Deer Park is a powerful and vigorous satire on Hollywood's excesses and corruption. Combining a savage imagination with a heightened documentary realism, Mailer paints an uncompromising and terrifying portrait of a decadent society lost in moral confusion and despair.

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“A scathing portrayal of Hollywood . . . studded with brilliant and illuminating passages.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent . . . [Mailer] drives us up and down The Deer Park at breakneck speed. It is a trip through unfamiliar country, for a time funny and then unnerving.”The New Yorker
 
“Savage . . . brilliant . . . exhilarating.”The Atlantic Monthly
 
“Entertaining and wise . . . In addition to his furious energy and true ear, Mailer is simpatico with humanity . . . on a level rare in American fiction.”The New Republic
 
Praise for Norman Mailer
 
“[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation.”The New York Times
 
“A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent.”The New Yorker
 
“Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure.”The Washington Post
 
“A devastatingly alive and original creative mind.”Life
 
“Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.”The New York Review of Books
 
“The largest mind and imagination [in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book.”Chicago Tribune
 
“Mailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream.”The Cincinnati Post

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375700408
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Series:
Vintage International Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
381,871
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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From the Publisher
"Savage . . . brilliant . . . exhilarating."
Atlantic Monthly

"A writer of the greatest and most reckless talents."
The New Yorker

"Entertaining and wise. . . . In addition to his furious energy and true ear, Mailer is simpatico with humanity . . . on a level rare in American fiction."
New Republic

"Studded with brilliant and illuminating passages."
The New York Times

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