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am 24. November 1999
I checked this book out from the public library because it was short and looked interesting. I found one of, if not the best book I have ever read. This gives an excellent account on the March on the Pentagon and is definitely worth reading. Buy it today.
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am 15. September 2003
Norman Mailer beschreibt drei Tage rund um die berühmte Antikreigs-Demo, die 1967 vor dem Pentagon stattfand. Etwas ermüdend ist, was Mailer akribisch alles über sich selber zu erzählen weiss und die Auslassungen über Roman und Historie wirken etwas verblasst. Ansonsten ist das Buch ein 'Must' über die Sixties. Die Demo war einer der Höhepunkte der Counterculture, die radikale Politik, Drogen, avantgardistische Musik (Fugs)und Hippy Lifestyle vereinte, und Mailer ist ein präziser Augenzeuge.
(Siehe auch: Jerry Rubin: Do it.)
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am 23. Februar 2000
Mailer has a really enjoyable ego, and a rather likeable personality. This book describes vividly a March on Washington in '67 against the Vietnam War, and the main character is Norman Mailer. (This book is written in the third person; an ingeneous way for Mailer to take shots at himself).
Most interesting to me, being a rather apolitical person, was the way Mailer described his "image" as a being completely outside of himself, and how the character "Mailer" in the book can be seen as his image, while the Narrator can be seen as the real Mailer.
That last bit may not make complete sense but anyhow this book has moments of vivid excitement, of feeling the slow painful movements of history unfolding, the "existential moment" as Mailer calls it, of doing something uprecedented and thus not having any idea of what will come of it.
Unfortunately the prose shines only in patches and often i found myself skimming. This may be my fault, for though I like America and everything, i dont have the overwhelming enthusiasm and obsession for all things American that Mailer has. Nevertheless this is a really enjoyable read and Mailer, unlike most political people - and certainly unlike most "activists" both radical and conservative - can laugh at himself as well as those around him.
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am 29. September 1997
I was never around for the events that were described in this book, so I wasn't sure how I would react to them. I shouldn't have worried. Mailer describes everything perfectly in the best third person narration I've ever seen. The way he talks about himself and others is so objective at some times, brutally honest at others, that you wouldn't even know Mailer is writing the book. Of course, knowing that he is the author and that is saying some not very nice things about himself makes it even more fun.
But the true character in this book is not Mailer but the American people, shown here in all their squalor and glory. Mailer treats everyone the same, from celeberties to the common protesters that he sees with their quiet bravery. Before this book, I had never heard of the march on the Pentagon, but after it I am quite certain that it was a pivotal moment in American history with repercussions beyond the Vietnam War, some which we can still feel today.
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am 3. Januar 1999
No writer is more versatile than Norman Mailer. No writer, living or dead, could write An American Dream AND The Executioner's Song AND Harlot's Ghost AND Ancient Evenings AND this book. What an astounding imagination.
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am 18. September 1999
This should be called "Norman Mailer's Midlife Crisis." While some of his observations are interesting, they're not interesting enough to make it worth listening to all his whining.
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am 20. April 2000
the writing of this book in a 3rd person view was a bad enough idea, but the story itself is boring, he takes 30 pages to explain speeches he makes, blah!
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