This title comes with an introduction by Andrew O'Hagan. In the summer of 1976 Gary Gilmore robbed two men. Then he shot them in cold blood. For those murders Gilmore was sent to languish on Death Row - and could confidently expect his sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment. In America, no one had been executed for ten years. But Gary ...
This title comes with an introduction by Andrew O'Hagan. In the summer of 1976 Gary Gilmore robbed two men. Then he shot them in cold blood. For those murders Gilmore was sent to languish on Death Row - and could confidently expect his sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment. In America, no one had been executed for ten years. But Gary Gilmore wanted to die, and his ensuing battle with the authorities for the right to do so made him into a world-wide celebrity - and ensured that his execution turned into the most gruesome media event of the decade.
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SIGNED. 1056pp. Thick octavo [24 cm] Dark blue cloth over boards with the title stamped in gilt and silver on the spine. Very good. The spine and covers are faded at the edges, and the spine ends are gently bumped. In a good plus dust jacket, with mild rubbing and scratching on the surface, light creasing, and two moisture stains along the edges (primarily visible on the verso of the jacket). The larger moisture stain measures 3 and 1/2" wide by 1 and 1/4" deep. There is also a 1/2" closed tear in the top edge of the rear panel. A signed first British edition of this Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Inscribed by Norman Mailer on the front flyleaf.
Fine in near fine jacket. 1056 pages. 8vo, cloth, d.w. London: Hutchinson, (1979). First English Edition. Pulitzer Prize account of crime and punishment in the story of Gary Gilmore. Presentation copy. "To....in all the pleasure of having worked with him/ Cheers/ Norman"
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.
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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