The Deer Park

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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 ...

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Overview

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: 10/1/1997
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 559,921
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Mailer

Born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Norman Mailer was one of the most influential writers of the second half of the twentieth century and a leading public intellectual for nearly sixty years. He is the author of more than thirty books. The Castle in the Forest, his last novel, was his eleventh New York Times bestseller. His first novel, The Naked and the Dead, has never gone out of print. His 1968 nonfiction narrative, The Armies of the Night, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He won a second Pulitzer for The Executioner’s Song and is the only person to have won Pulitzers in both fiction and nonfiction. Five of his books were nominated for National Book Awards, and he won a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation in 2005. Mr. Mailer died in 2007 in New York City.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Super Dupper

    The Deer Park was not at all what I expected, pleasantly surprised, yet I am biased to Mailer... He writes good and some of my friends have expressed their distaste... The novel is simply about a location in the deserk inhabited by the Hollywood elite in the communist days of 1950's. The style was practically indentical to Babary Shore which I also loved... There is little to say against Mailer if you are like me. A fan. I highly recommend this work of art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2003

    Hollywood Exposed

    From the very first written word to the final I could not put this book down. Mr. Mailer brings alive some of the most disgusting, disfunctional characters and yet turns them into the most intriguing characters I have ever met it my life. It takes the commonly used, mis-treated, and hard to explain word "Love" and proceeds to tear it apart, examine it, then leave it for the crows that must live outside of L.A. I am a fan of Norman Mailer's and this novel shows why.

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