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The Executioner's Song

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  • The Executioner's Song (Vintage Books USA) – Trade paperback (1998)
    by Norman Mailer

    The Executioner's Song

    Trade paperback, Vintage Books USA
    1998
    English
    1,056 pages

    ISBN: 0375700811
    ISBN-13: 9780375700811

    In what is arguably his greatest book--written in 1979 and reissued here in trade paperback--America's most heroically ambitious writer follows the short, blighted career of Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of America's prisons who---after robbing two men and killing them in cold blood--insisted on dying for his crime.

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Reviews of The Executioner's Song

Overall customer rating: 2.500
NofellasNovellas
by NofellasNovellas on Feb 21, 2008

This review is based on the first 300 pages of this book because I don't think I can take much more of it. So far there are no interesting aspects to this criminal mind. I find following Gary Gilmore's minute by minute lack of judgment and poor impulse control to be extremely tedious and boring. I do not see how this book won the Pulitzer prize. I am just not seeing any literary merit to the work.

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Maggy
by Maggy on Oct 21, 2007

Like In Cold Blood, this book is a nonfiction novel following the imprisonment and death of Gary Gilmore, a "cold-blooded" murderer. Though the validity of this book has been questioned, it is still a very interesting tale of murder and its effects on society. Admittedly, the views are a bit skewed towards Gilmore, and there are some very lurid details (descriptively sexual, mainly), but all in all, if you can get through it, this book is a good read.

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