One might think twice about reading a novel of 11 50 pages: I took this book on a 2 week vacation which gave me time to relish every minute of it: the writing style I found mesmerizing: flat, unadorned: "tell it like it is"-the real people weighing in on their role in a bigger than life career criminal, Gary Gilmore. A love story for sure; social issues, class, time, place: the biggest issue: an individual's choice: right to die, at the forefront of this epic novel.
I found this book very interesting but the length was a huge put off. it seems like it could’ve ended about 300 pages earlier. also I only found Gary Gilmore sort of interesting.
Up there with the best nonfiction of all time. 1000+pages but it is so well written that you could read 1000 more by the end. A truly brilliant look at people and society through the examination of a brutal crime.
This book was absolutely amazing!
The Executioner’s Song is perhaps Norman Mailer’s most ambitious work, both in scale and in style. Told in the tone of a journalist presenting only the facts, this “true-life novel” follows Gary Gilmore as he is released from prison, kills two men, and is ultimately executed. Mailer’s immense work spares no details as he documents the disheartening life and death of Gilmore who had been incarcerated for most of his adult existence. At turns heartbreaking, hopeful, depressing, and even grotesque, Mailer manages to capture not only a single human being but a whole community and its myriad residents. Readers who enjoyed Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood but were left wanting more will love Mailer’s masterpiece.
Long (1109 pages!), sometimes incomprehensible account of the disturbing life, imprisonment and death of notorious Utah armed robber and killer Gary Gilmore. The pop culture references are somewhat distracting at times, the narrative style can be rather confusing, and I'm reasonably sure that this story could have been told in way less than 1109 pages, but,here it is: Norman Mailer's ultimate salute to his fetishistic obsession with criminals, criminality and penitentiary life. I get the feeling Norman Mailer would gladly have held the inside-out-turned pockets of anybody with a scary enough rap sheet and enough years behind bars. Anyway. it's a decent enough book, if only for the reason you can tell people that you were bad-ass enough to survive this 1109 page killer.
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