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The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer - Paperback - 1st Edition - 1964 - from Walnut Valley Books/Books by White (SKU: 008250)

The Naked and the Dead

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The Naked and the Dead

by Norman Mailer

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New York, NY: Signet/NAL, 1964 Signet/NAL, New York. 1964. Softcover/Mass Market Paperback. Stated 16th Printing Q2460. Book is tight, square, and unmarked. Book Condition: Very Good; scattered light edge bumps; small creases at top and bottom of the rear wrap; sunfading to textblock tinted top. No DJ. Pictorial card stock wraps. Wraps are not bent or folded; spine is not creased or split (some paper wrinkling but not from the spine); text is secure in binding. tinted textblock edges. 559 pp 12mo. Written by a WWII veteran of the pacific theater. Published in 1948 and hailed as one of the finest American novels to come out of World War II for its intense reality of the horror and boredom of war. The story concerns a platoon of 13 American soldiers who are stationed on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei in the Pacific. With almost journalistic detail, Mailer records the lives of men at war, characterizing the soldiers individually in flashbacks that illuminate their pasts. A clean very presentable copy.

Synopsis

Acclaimed as a successful expression of the futility of war, Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead follows the story of an army platoon of foot soldiers fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei during World War II. The novel, which embodies wartime disillusionment, is partly based on Mailer’s own experiences with the 112th Cavalry in the Pacific. Through its four parts, The Naked and the Dead addresses themes of loneliness, death of fear and dying, and brotherhood. The novel is written in gritty, journalistic detail. However, this tone was dialed back as publishers persuaded Mailer to use to euphemism “fug” in lieu of the mother of all curse words — the “F” word — in his novel. The Naked and the Dead sold 200,000 copies in its first three months and was a New York Times best seller for over a year. Despite some controversy among critics, the novel remains important in American literature. The Naked and the Dead is ranked 51st on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. The novel was later adapted into a film of the same name in 1958.

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Bookseller
Walnut Valley Books/Books by White US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
008250
Title
The Naked and the Dead
Author
Norman Mailer
Format/binding
Soft cover
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
No Jacket
Quantity available
1
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Signet/NAL
Place of Publication
New York, NY
Date published
1964
Keywords
World War II, novel, historical fiction, War in the Pacific, PTSD, Norman Mailer, Japan, Japanese Army, military fiction,
Bookseller catalogs
Memoirs; Military Fiction;
Size
12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall

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About Walnut Valley Books/Books by White

Our SUMMER SALE is on through May 28, 2021 with 20% discounts on all books in our inventory. Walnut Valley Books is a small independent home-based business with the bulk of my holdings being of an American military nature covering everything from the Revolutionary War to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I also have holdings of books on the Middle East, the southwestern United States (New Mexico especially, Kansas related titles, Oklahoma related titles, and other regionally specialized books. All of my holdings are hand-selected to be good quality books of interest to the reader, historian, or the collector. In addition to the above, you will also find a wide range of other topics such as Medical, US History, autobiographical, biographical, sports, women's studies, and many other eclectic topics.

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