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by Norman Mailer

eBook The Executioner's Song download ISBN: 0099230607
Author: Norman Mailer
Publisher: Arrow Books; n.e. edition (1980)
Language: English
Pages: 1062
ePub: 1445 kb
Fb2: 1851 kb
Rating: 4.8
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary

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The Executioner's Song (1979) is a Pulitzer Prize–winning true crime novel by Norman Mailer that depicts the events related to the execution of Gary Gilmore for murder by the state of Utah. The title of the book may be a play on "The Lord High Executioner's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado

Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer.

Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer.

The Executioner’s Song, his spare, quiet retelling of the life of a double murderer is one of Norman Mailer’s best works, but he never rated it himself. Gordon Burn wonders why. The Executioner’s Song, his spare, quiet retelling of the life of a double murderer is one of Norman Mailer’s best works, but he never rated it himself. Fri 4 Jun 2004 2. 7 EDT First published on Fri 4 Jun 2004 2. 7 EDT.

Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in a. .THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest source of American loneliness and violence.

Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. It is a towering le to put down, impossible to forget.

The Executioner's Song. Norman Mailer's The Time of Our Time is a giant retrospective, a rich, boisterous portrait of our times seen through the fiction and reportage of one of America's greatest writers. Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology (Library of America). Why are We at War? by Norman Mailer. The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History.

The Executioner's Song (film). The Executioner's Song is a 1982 made-for-television film adaptation of Norman Mailer's 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name

The Executioner's Song (film). The Executioner's Song is a 1982 made-for-television film adaptation of Norman Mailer's 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The film is directed by Lawrence Schiller from a screenplay by Mailer. The movie is about the final nine months of the life of Gary Gilmore, beginning with his release from prison at the age of 35 after serving 12 years for robbery in Indiana. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death

Comments: (7)
Hellmaster
I chose my rating based upon the level of interest I had to keep reading this incredible piece of work. Gilmore and his personality are what make this book captivating and a desire to see his influence on how events unfold.

From the beginning this book was not what I expected it to be. Very few books I have read on any event have been so completely documented. The insistence upon giving all sides their voice in regards to Gilmore's latter days and execution is really charming. The dedication of the author to convey the thoughts of every major player involved gives a better view into what people were experiencing at this time.

One area I would liked to have seen more strongly represented is the experience of the victim's survivors. However, the picture is so complete otherwise it seems quite intentionally left out.

I can recommend this book to anyone curious about the effects of the sentence of capitol punishment not only for the criminal, but also for their family, friends and lovers. Included as well are the litigators and reporters that eventually become involved.
Broadcaster
This book is amazing. I have never read anything like it before and I doubt I ever will again. It is an indescribable experience. The story itself is incredible but it is the writing that makes this book worth reading. I could not recommend this book more highly.
Zovaithug
I finished the book in three days. It held my interest most of the time, except when it seemed to really lag during the portion of the book dealing with who would have rights to Gary's story. I remember his story in the news quite well. I would guess that Nicole is approximately my age. I felt that they were both very immoral. I feel no empathy for either one of them. I felt that their relationship was extremely disfunctional, and based solely on the sexual. I felt that he manipulated her in extraordinary ways, and tried to get her to die for him. It was a very selfish and immature. I did think the writing itself was exceptional. I have not seen the movie and doubt that I will.
OwerSpeed
I expected a book by Norman Mailer to be so much better! The writing was awful, almost juvenile. I was shocked by the poor quality of the writing. Mailer did an incredible amount of research, but this book was bogged down with so much useless information, it could have used a better editor. If anyone wants a better version of Gary Gilmore's story, get the book written by his brother, Mikal. This Mailer effort was a thick tome. I was looking forward to it, but the style of the writing put me off. Crude, very elementary and a struggle to finish. Only giving stars because I know the extensive research done . Poor effort. This book has not aged well.
Olelifan
This book would be much better if it were 500 pages shorter. The author gets completely bogged down in minutiae, at the expense of the story. He managed to take a fascinating legal case and make it horrendously boring. He is way too hung up on Gilmore's sex life. The book could really do without the excessive inclusion of Gilmore's graphic letters to his girlfriend, which are rather explicit and in no way enhance the story. I really, really wanted to like this book, but I just can't.
Frei
Slow at times, but there is a method to the madness. It is thorough. I am an avid reader, but I typically only read for pleasure. If I'm being honest, I would have to say that if I were not an attorney, I don't think I would have bothered to finish it. Interesting discourse on capitol punishment and the failure of the judicial system to rehabilitate repeat offenders.

Read it if you are interested in the evolution of the criminial mind and the process by which legal action can hinder and (rarely) advance higher social order in a flawed legal system.
Rolling Flipper
Norman Mailer's book "The Executioner's Song" made me a fan of journalistic fiction. He was capable of using elements from a journalist's world while incorporating the necessary elements to turn this epic project into a beautiful, insightful novel. This combination is used to perfection as he was able to tell the story of Gary Gilmore, the first man to face the death sentence since its reinstatement.

The book is logically constructed focusing on Gary Gilmore and his life in the beginning then slowly shifts towards others with the ominous day of his execution approaching. It centers on his relationships made before the crime and after while always seemingly keeping an unbiased stance. What Mailer does such a good job of doing while constructing this narrative is incorporating all the other characters involved in Gary Gilmore; it was about his family, media, law enforcement, the Supreme Court, ACLU, and other agencies. The second half of this book is dictated by these people and organizations trying to be aapart of Gary's life and the decision that will either keep him alive or kill him.

The most interesting aspect of the novel is that Gary Gilmore wanted to be executed. He continuously tells Utah to carry out what they sentenced and stop putting of his execution date. This is quite a twist that makes Gilmore even more of an interesting character. The events of his life seem to have captured the whole country and he couldn't care less about them getting involved and pleads to be killed

This novel is the true definition of an epic; it has a large scope that encapsulates probably everything that surrounded these events. It is a testament to Mailer's ability to research and construct such a powerful narrative to tell a harrowing story.
I'm not a literary genius in any fashion, I just like to read about real life. I don't understand all the critical acclaim for this project. There were so many places in this book that I wished I could have skipped because it went on and on, but gave no real dramatic revelation. I come away disappointed, wanting more bite to the material.