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Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG follows the short, blighted life of Gary. THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG BY NORMAN MAILER PDF. By downloading this soft documents publication The Executioner's Song By Norman Mailer in the. The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer (review). Mark Royden Winchell. Western American Literature, Volume 15, Number 2, Summer , pp.
She helped him drag away the tree limb and they hoped no one would notice. The story which Mailer tells in his massive new work concerns the final months of the life of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, the man whose execution on January 17, , ended a decade-long moratorium on capital Reviews punishment in America. At another level, however, Mailer allows Gilmore to represent the psychopathic extreme of unbridled individualism.
Against this structure one can prove his manhood only through courageous acts of defiance.
Perhaps no writer in our time has been more committed to this myth of solipsistic heroism than has Norman Mailer. He is complex, enigmatic, troubled, and predatory. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
Share via Email It just starts - no throat-clearing, no overture, no vamping-until-ready. Coming from a writer who had made his reputation slamming doors and banging about the house, leaving the television on in one sentence while simultaneously yelling abuse at the radio and bashing out power chords in another, this was of course a surprise.
Also a relief and a delight. The flatness and tight-lipped quiet of The Executioner's Song after several decades of Mailer's attention-grabbing real-life excursions stabbing a wife, running for New York mayor and delinquent now sliding into seniloquent hellclub ravings is what made it so disarming, then very quickly riveting.
The simple declarative sentence, hosed clean of beardy metaphors, adverbial and adjectival excess, of discursive detail and baroque, often bonkers, "existential" riffing, is something that Mailer had always seemed congenitally incapable of writing.
His friend, the critic Richard Poirier, once hazarded a guess that the purpose behind Mailer's stylistic "self-pleasuring" was to excite the reader to some pitch of consciousness equivalent to Mailer's own. As a young man, Mailer had famously said that he would settle for nothing less than making a revolution in the consciousness of his time. As a result, it had been all but impossible to have a peaceful or casual relationship to his writing.
Even after the most obedient attention, the reader was seldom rewarded with any sense of achieved calm. In fact, The Executioner's Song had been published in And it was apparent from the opening paragraph - even of pulse, unblinking, unworried - that here Mailer was trying something new: "Brenda was six when she fell out of the apple tree.
She climbed to the top and the limb with the good apples broke off. Gary caught her as the branch came scraping down. They were scared. The apple trees were their grandmother's best crop and it was forbidden to climb in the orchard.
She helped him drag away the tree limb and they hoped no one would notice. That was Brenda's earliest recollection of Gary.
And for 1, pages, that - the reminder that good apples sometimes turn rotten, the idea that human agency can cushion and sometimes avert catastrophe, Brenda's innocent tumble flagging Gary's grim descent into the gutter - is about as overtly literary, or as metaphorical, as it gets.
Nothing writerly happens until a sudden efflorescence on page 14 - a piece of poetic interior monologue, Mailer transposing what he believes is going on inside Brenda's head: "Brenda felt as if she could pick up the quiver in each bright colour that Gary was studying on the jukebox. He looked close to being dazzled by the revolving red, blue and gold light show on the electronic screen of the cigarette console. He was so involved it drew her into his mood.
On its publication in , conventional narrative tension - what will happen? And more: how long could he go before his old habits of embarrassing grandiloquence and associative rambling, his increasingly unchecked tendency to put "Norman Mailer" at the heart of whatever he was writing, how long before "the slumbering Beast" rose up to reinhabit him and scupper the enterprise? At the time, the omens didn't look all that promising.
A few weeks before The Executioner's Song appeared, Mailer persuaded his publishers to repackage it as a novel, or rather a "true life novel", along the lines of Truman Capote's "non-fiction novel" In Cold Blood. And out of the violent mess of the Gilmore story emerged all-too-familiar Mailer tropes. There was the widely-reported fact that Gilmore had elected to die so he could save his soul, for example, and be reincarnated.
And then there was the killer's concurrence with one of Norman Mailer's most frequently recurring ideas: that death is an experience of life, "perhaps the final orgasm into the future". At the time these were real concerns that made turning the pages of The Executioner's Song a white-knuckle experience.
I remember Mailer once saying that the best way to come across well on television - to remain looking halfway human, that is, in conditions designed to make the scalp boil and the ear-lobes burn and the ego sit up and demand feeding - was to cultivate an air of total, dead-eyed boredom.
In the 25 years since The Executioner's Song was published, Mailer has consistently tried to frame the writing of the book in similar terms, and relegate it to the second division of his work, the first division of course consisting of his volumes of "real" fiction.
His sensitivity on this subject is clear in an exchange which took place between Mailer and the high-brahmin American poet Robert Lowell, a fellow-demonstrator on the anti-Vietnam war march on the Pentagon, which Mailer wrote up in Armies of the Night , his first extended work of non-fiction.
Lowell: "I really think you are the best journalist in America. The Stories of Raymond Carver, his first collection, wasn't published in Britain until And no writer could be further distanced temperamentally, or in tone and style, from Mailer. Carver's reputation as a minimalist a term he hated presented an alternative to the lusty, maximal ambitions which Mailer had always maintained were necessary to tame "The Great Bitch", as he describes the American novel in Cannibals and Christians.
And yet, rereading it now, it's Carver that The Executioner's Song irresistibly suggests, at the sentence level.