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The Naked and the Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition
by Norman Mailer

Published: 2000-08-05
Paperback : 736 pages
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Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since enjoyed a long and well-deserved tenure in the American canon.This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction ...
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(Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since enjoyed a long and well-deserved tenure in the American canon.This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer.Written in fascinating detail, the story follows a platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei.Composed in 1948 with the wisdom of a man twice Mailer's age and the raw courage of the young man he was, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.

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  "Slow in parts, but interesting depiction of life as a soldier"by nadjaj (see profile) 02/01/11

Our club was a bit divided on this one. Overall people liked the characters, and we experienced the frustration the characters do in the book, that war is a lot of sitting around and waiting for something... (read more)

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