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The Naked and the Dead [Anglais] [Broché]

Norman Mailer
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  • Broché: 736 pages
  • Editeur : Picador USA; Édition : 5 Anv (5 août 2000)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0312265050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312265052
  • Dimensions du produit: 21,1 x 13,9 x 3,1 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A realistic war novel 3 avril 2013
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From the presentation, it seems that the book has created a kind of scandal when it was first published in 1950. It does not appear to be shocking anymore, but the way the characters as well as the whole military society are described, look very realistic. There are no heroes, and no bad guys, but professional soldiers who are thinking about their career and enrolled soldiers who are only longing to go back home. But they all make do with the necessity of war. Even though so soon after the end of the 2nd world war, it may have been unusual not to make these fighters ordinary people, it does not have the It does not have the ‘angry young men’ feeling that came in the 70’s with the Vietnam war through Halberstam, Neil Sheehan and others, but it displays a kind of objectivity that is very appealing.
A great novel
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the naked and the dead. Norman Mailer 20 janvier 2013
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le meilleur livre sur la seconde guerre mondiale. tension, amitié, haine, terreur. tout y est, c'est remarquable. bien plus qu'un roman de guerre, un chef d'oeuvre.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful, sad and very lonely 8 août 2003
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Earlier this year I decided to improve the quality of the books I was reading - or, at least, to mix more "good" books in with the easy reading. The Naked and the Dead was the first of these - and what a good choice it was.
Norman Mailer writes with a clarity that is often missing from other good novelists. He develops very strong characters and focusses closely on the interactions between them and their environment. Don't expect an action-packed story: The tales here are the soldier's lives and the lack of action is part of war which seems to be very realistically reconstructed.
The story, for what it's worth, follows a band of recon soldiers on an island in the Pacific during World War II. The book opens with the initial assault on the Japanese-held island; it finishes with the quick and anti-climatic (deliberately so) mopping up of the last troups. In between we follow the soldiers' progress through the jungle, go with them on a desperate recon. mission, and learn about their lives through a series of personal flashbacks.
We also see a full range of characters - at all levels in the army - and see their private and semi-private battles with authority. Often the authority in question is an over-demanding or idiotic superior; just as often it is an insolant, stubborn inferior. It is this interplay between the ranks that makes this novel stand out.
The book seems long, but it really is a page turner up with the best of them. At the end of it, you'll be able to say you really enjoyed a work of great fiction.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It only feels like it goes on forever. 7 août 2001
Par A.J. - Publié sur
There must have been a glut of war novels published in the wake of World War II, so it's indicative of the high quality of Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead" that its popularity and acclaim have survived when so many others have been forgotten. What makes it so powerful is its uncompromising depiction of brutal front-line combat in scenes so well written that it's easy to forgive the book for its occasionally banal dialogue.
The setting is a fictitious South Pacific island called Anopopei which is held by the Japanese. The U.S. Army has launched a campaign to take command of the island by landing six thousand troops there to confront the defensive line established by the opposing Japanese General Toyaku. Because this is fictional, I assume that the island is supposed to be a desirable strategic position because the purpose of the mission in relation to the real war is never clearly explained. In charge of the invasion is a Machiavellian General named Cummings who thinks soldiers are motivated best by fear. To defeat Toyaku's line, Cummings devises a plan tailored to the island's particular geography and assigns a reconnaissance squad to the dangerous mission, putting his rebellious and idealistic aide, Lieutenant Hearn, in charge. What the men find out is that the island's natural environment is a more formidable enemy than the Japanese could ever be.
The story focuses mainly on the dozen or so men in the reconnaissance squad. Their personal backgrounds vary greatly, although their personalities don't differ so much that it's easy to tell them apart except by name. The two that stand out the most are Roth and Goldstein, two Jewish soldiers who are made to feel like outcasts due to casual anti-semitism in the squad. Short sections entitled "The Time Machine" provide glimpses of each soldier's personal history -- how they came to be what they are. They are, for the most part, normal men with understandable fears of things like being wounded or killed and the possibility of their wives' infidelity while they are gone.
Reading this novel is like descending into a hellish abyss. It is very long and goes into extensive detail about all aspects of wartime life on the island: marching through the jungle in its greenhouse-like heat, hauling heavy equipment through muddy trails and over mountainous terrain, listening to the sporadic bursts of machine gun fire. The squad's treacherous reconnaissance mission is an almost Sisyphean task in which there is no honor or glory to be reaped from their efforts, just tired muscles and broken bodies. And yet they must continue onward, commanded by a cold and distant master plan that is concerned more with the gain of land than the loss of people. This is more than just a suspenseful war story; it is an eye-opening allegory about the apparent purposelessness of mankind's labor and suffering throughout history.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Origin of a Species 29 octobre 2002
Par Christopher Wanko - Publié sur
I bought the book based on size and reputation. I read nothing from Mailer prior to this book, and I needed something to occupy several hours of travel in Europe. Over 800 pages of prose would do the trick.
I ended up reading the book in the hotel, four hours at a stretch. I was fascinated by it, particularly in seeing so many familiar literary devices originate with this novel. The backstories of the characters were excellent, and I found it to be a compact way of developing the characters and explaining their motivations.
What I particularly liked was the writing style, and the Lieutenant-General struggle was perhaps the real soul of the book. The self-awareness of each competitor, and the misconception of what each was trying to accomplish, was a microcosm of each struggle throughout the book. Every point of conflict was sharply defined through a misunderstanding, a lack of communication, a little misstep here or there, compounding to some surprising and gut wrenching conclusions.
Because the ending was frustrating to me, I found it completely believable and realistic. I can see someone stumbling into a victory; I can see our hero dying due to betrayal; and I can see the flawed, vaguely malignant leader emerge largely unscathed from the chaos.
...I can understand the reservations of some reviewers, but only in an abstract, "right to your opinion" sort of way. For me, this was a 4.5 on a 5-star scale. The only reservation was the self-censoring of certain words and phrases to pass editorial review, something I feel should not be an author's consideration when writing. I can forgive this weakness in a 25 year old Norman Mailer, however. He's certainly earned it.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 3 décembre 2001
Par "maxiepop" - Publié sur
After marching through 721 pages of Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead" I feel compelled to comment. First, the Good. I agree with many reviews that marveled at Mailer's descriptive detail, complex world view and fully dimensional characters (though they are distasteful characterizations). Now, the bad. I waded and waded (and waded) through page after page of highly detailed marching and moaning hoping for an amazing payoff to the story. Sorry soldiers, this march leads to nowhere. I read a review that referred to this novel as having been written in a reporter's style. Through most of my reading I completely disagreed. The facts only reporter's style didn't jibe with the complex portraits Mailer conceived. Nevertheless, at the end I understood the "reporter" comment. Journalism not being a dramatic form doesn't rely on compelling plotting. So too is the case with this novel. "The Naked and the Dead" has a lot of marching, character development but ultimately DISSAPPOINTING PLOTTING. Finally the ugly. The 50th Anniversary edition boasts a new introduction by Norman Mailer himself. At less than two pages the introduction comes off as merely tossed off if not written by somebody clearly irritated by the task.
One other note. Although Mailer's characters were fully dimensional, I found them to be a pretty distasteful bunch. In fact, I was hoping that most, if not all, of them would be killed by the end. I kept thinking that the Japanese had to be less dispicable than this lot. Mailer clearly has a low opinion of men and mankind in general. I don't buy it. I'm sure our army in WWII had some bad eggs but not the whole carton.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Norman's Land 8 décembre 2005
Par Simone & Perry - Publié sur
While the title of this book may be The Naked And The Dead, there's very little nudity yet a substantial amount of death. This is to be expected, however, as the book takes place in a war zone during World War II. The story, by Norman Mailer, tells of a group of American soldiers invading the Japanese island of Anopopei. Rather than single out a certain character as a protagonist, the story shifts perspectives between a vast array of characters to give the reader a view from many aspects of the war. Tellingly, with so many characters to remember, this is not a book you want to spend long intervals away from between readings.

Mailer's is a simple and direct, yet powerful writing style. His precise attention to detail gives The Naked And The Dead the feel of a sort of literary documentary. Such is the reason Mailer is often heralded as one of the pioneers of "journalistic fiction", a highly realistic account of fictional happenings, almost as if reported by a journalist who was present. It's doubtful you can remember the last time you were substantially involved emotionally with a documentary, but there's no need to fear in this instance as Mailer imbues his characters with a very empathetic human quality. However, in order to come across these traits in the characters, one must venture deeply into the novel. You can define "deeply" however you'd like, as the novel weighs in at a sizable 721 pages.

One device Mailer uses to help readers get to understand his characters better is to intersperse "time machines" throughout the story. The time machines show things that happened to the men before they were sent to war and gives insight as to what shaped the characters into who they are now. If not for the flashbacks, the book would come dangerously close to lapsing into the sort of soulless informative prose that a novelization of a documentary would suggest. Whether showing the intense rush a soldier feels while in the midst of gunfire, the guilt of capturing an enemy only to find out he's a human being much like everyone else, to the alienation a lower-class troop feels amongst his peers when the general shows favoritism towards him, Mailer never loses sight of what's most important to a reader: feeling what the characters feel and having a sense of being right there with them, bullets whirring past your head or hungering for battle in the still tension of the night. I would actually give this book 4.5 stars, if Amazon would let me do such a thing.
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