Tough Guys Don't Dance

Tough Guys Don't Dance

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by Norman Mailer
     
 

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"A novel of astonishing pitch, set in Provincetown, a "spit of shrub and dunes" captured here in the rawness and melancholy of the off-season, Tough Guys Don't Dance is the story of Tim Madden, an unsuccessful writer addicted to bourbon, cigarettes, and blonde, careless women with money. On the twenty-fourth morning after the decampment of his wife, Patty Lareine, he…  See more details below

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"A novel of astonishing pitch, set in Provincetown, a "spit of shrub and dunes" captured here in the rawness and melancholy of the off-season, Tough Guys Don't Dance is the story of Tim Madden, an unsuccessful writer addicted to bourbon, cigarettes, and blonde, careless women with money. On the twenty-fourth morning after the decampment of his wife, Patty Lareine, he awakens with a hangover, considerable sexual excitement, and, on his upper arm, a red tattoo bearing a name from the past. Of the night before, he remembers practically nothing. What he soon learns is that the front passenger seat of his Porsche is soaked with blood and that in a secluded corner of his marijuana stash in a nearby woods rests a blonde head, severed at the throat." Is Madden therefore a murderer? He has no way of knowing. As in many novels of crime, the narrative centers on violence - physical, sexual, and emotional - but these elements move in their orbits through a rich constellation of character as Madden tries to reconstruct the missing hours of a terrible evening. In the course of this inquiry a bizarre and vividly etched gallery of characters reappears to him as in a dream - ex-prizefighters, sexual junkies, mediums, former cons, a police chief, a world-weary former girl friend, and Madden's father, old now but still a Herculean figure, a practitioner of the sternest back room ethics.

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Praise for Tough Guys Don’t Dance
 
“Spectacular . . . [Norman Mailer] makes every word count, like a master knife thrower zinging stilettos in a circle around your head.”People
 
“As brash, brooding and ultimately mesmerizing as the author himself . . . [Mailer strikes a] dazzling balance between humor and horror.”—New York Daily News
 
“A first-rate page-turner of a murder mystery . . . full of great characters, littered with dead bodies and replete with plausible suspects.”Chicago Tribune
 
“[Tough Guys Don’t Dance] has that charming Mailer bravado.”The New York Times
 
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:
9780345323217
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1985
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.85(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York, New York
Date of Birth:
January 31, 1923
Date of Death:
November 10, 2007
Place of Birth:
Long Branch, New Jersey
Education:
B.S., Harvard University, 1943; Sorbonne, Paris, 1947-48

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Tough Guys Don't Dance 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
Tough Guys Don’t Dance by Norman Mailer delves into his common protagonist, the psyche of a man’s man. What is interesting about this book is it leaves no room for misinterpretation as he explores the inner sanctum, from sexual desire, conquest, and crimes of passion, the book takes you into the mysterious waves of Cape Cod.
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