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ISBN: 044658438X / ISBN-13: 9780446584388

The Executioner's Song

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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 ... Show synopsis

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  • The Executioner's Song (Grand Central Publishing) – Trade paperback (2012)
    by Norman Mailer, Dave Eggers (Foreword by)

    The Executioner's Song

    Trade paperback, Grand Central Publishing
    2012
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    1,109 pages

    ISBN: 044658438X
    ISBN-13: 9780446584388

    Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in a brand-new edition. 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. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after ... Show more

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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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