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Why Are We in Vietnam?

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When Why Are We in Vietnam? was published in 1967, almost twenty years after The Naked and the Dead, the critical response was ecstatic. The novel fully confirmed Mailer's stature as one of the most important figures in contemporary American literature. Now, a new edition of this exceptional work serves as further affirmation of its timeless quality.

Narrated by Ranald ("D.J.") Jethroe, Texas's most precocious teenager, on the eve of his departure to fight in Vietnam, this story of a hunting trip in Alaska is both brilliantly entertaining and profoundly thoughtful.

Among Norman Mailer's other achievements are The Naked and the Dead, The Armies of the Night, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1968, and The Executioner's Song, which won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize.

When Why Are We in Vietnam? was published in 1967, almost twenty years after The Naked and the Dead, the critical response was ecstatic. The novel fully confirmed Mailer's stature as one of the most important figures in contemporary American literature. Now, a new edition of this exceptional work serves as further affirmation of its timeless quality.

Narrated by Ranald ("D.J.") Jethroe, Texas's most precocious teenager, on the eve of his departure to fight in Vietnam, this story of a hunting trip in Alaska is both brilliantly entertaining and profoundly thoughtful.

"It is impossible to walk away from this novel without being sharply reminded of the fact that Norman Mailer is a writer of extraordinary ability."Chicago Tribune

"A shattering social commentary . . . The book is a tour de force, a treatise on human nature, society, and war in flip disguise."Dallas News

"A book of great integrity. All the odd qualities are here: Mailer's remarkable feeling for the sensory event, the detail, 'the way it was,' and his power and energy."The New York Review of Books

"Original, courageous, and provocative."The New York Times

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When Why Are We in Vietnam? was published in 1967, almost twenty years after The Naked and the Dead, the critical response was ecstatic. The novel fully confirmed Mailer's stature as one of the most important figures in contemporary American literature. Now, a new edition of this exceptional work serves as further affirmation of its timeless quality.

Narrated by Ranald ("D.J.") Jethroe, Texas's most precocious teenager, on the eve of his departure to fight in Vietnam, this story of a hunting trip in Alaska is both brilliantly entertaining and profoundly thoughtful.

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Among Norman Mailer's other achievements are The Naked and the Dead, The Armies of the Night, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1968, and The Executioner's Song, which won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize.

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lukas, January 13, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
A few alternate titles: "Why is Mailer famous?" "Why does this book suck so much?" "Why am I reading this?"
Mailer's 1967 book is one of his most experimental and one of his worst (which is saying something), written in a druggy, vulgar, overflowing style that is a bad trip mix of the Beats (Burroughs influence is clear) , the New Journalism, and underground hipster slang. Apparently it was written without an editor or a revision. It's all hyper-masculine fightin' & pissin' & screwin' & huntin', with a weird anal fixation (make that your drinking game). A character's consciousness is described as "the brackish backwaters of a sluggish narrative," which sum this up perfectly. None of this takes place in Vietnam, btw. So terrible that you almost have to respect it.
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ISBN:
9780312265069
Author:
Mailer, Norman
Publisher:
St. Martins Press-3pl
Subject:
General
Subject:
History, military
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Texas
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
War
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Hunting stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
215
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.52 x 0.54 in

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When Why Are We in Vietnam? was published in 1967, almost twenty years after The Naked and the Dead, the critical response was ecstatic. The novel fully confirmed Mailer's stature as one of the most important figures in contemporary American literature. Now, a new edition of this exceptional work serves as further affirmation of its timeless quality.

Narrated by Ranald ("D.J.") Jethroe, Texas's most precocious teenager, on the eve of his departure to fight in Vietnam, this story of a hunting trip in Alaska is both brilliantly entertaining and profoundly thoughtful.

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