9780805018806

Why Are We in Vietnam

ISBN 10: 0805018808 / 0-8050-1880-8
ISBN 13: 9780805018806
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Publication Date: 1991
Binding: Softcover
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"Since the action of the book serves as a preliminary to the hero and his buddy embarking for Vietnam, it might be described as a sexual obstacle course in the basic training camp of contemporary life. Every page is studded--the word is used advisedly--with sexual references, generally boasts or threats...As a work of literature, this is not worthy of Mailer. Even after An American Dream, it's a nightmare. Still, a book by Mailer is news; the rock he throws usually has a message wrapped around it. Because he experiences ideas instead of thinking them, his messages are not always clear, but they are almost always interesting enough to repay the effort. If one listens to what this book says, an admittedly old-fashioned procedure, it goes something like this: American's frustrated sexuality--homo or hetero--crystallizes in a murderous impulse which we palm off on the worls as foreign policy....Why Are We in Vietnam? may be a third-rate work of art, but it's a first-rate outrage to our sensibilities."

Anatole Broyard, New York Times Book Review, 9/17/67

Review:

"Course, violent, scatological, [the book] often sounds as if it were the text of an underground LP, but there is no bad faith in it. On the contrary, it is a book of great integrity. All the old qualities are here, Mailer's remarkable feeling for the sensory event, the detail, 'the way it was,' his power and energy. Among the new qualities there is a certain directness, a refusal of fuss. In the canon of Mailer's works the new book is a departure..."

Denis Donoghue, New York Review of Books, 9/28/67

 

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