The Executioner's Song

The Executioner's Song

Book - 1993
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Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize In what is arguably his greatest book, America's most heroically ambitious writer follows the short, blighted career of Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of America's prisons who became notorious for two reasons: first, for robbing two men in 1976, then killing them in cold blood; and, second, after being tried and convicted, for insisting on dying for his crime. To do so, he had to fight a system that seemed paradoxically intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. Norman Mailer tells Gilmore's story--and those of the men and women caught up in his procession toward the firing squad--with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscapes and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. The Executioner's Song is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest sources of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement--impossible to put down, impossible to forget. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1993.
Edition: Modern Library edition
ISBN: 9780679424710
Characteristics: x, 1002 pages ;,22 cm.


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OPL_AnnaW Dec 20, 2019

For fans of true crime, courtroom dramas, and psychology, this book is an exhaustive and fascinating account of Gary Gilmore's life, crimes, and fight for the right to die.

Feb 20, 2019

One might think twice about reading a novel of 11 50 pages: I took this book on a 2 week vacation which gave me time to relish every minute of it: the writing style I found mesmerizing: flat, unadorned: "tell it like it is"-the real people weighing in on their role in a bigger than life career criminal, Gary Gilmore. A love story for sure; social issues, class, time, place: the biggest issue: an individual's choice: right to die, at the forefront of this epic novel.

Dec 18, 2018

I found this book very interesting but the length was a huge put off. it seems like it could’ve ended about 300 pages earlier. also I only found Gary Gilmore sort of interesting.

Jul 05, 2017

This book was absolutely amazing!

Armdis Aug 26, 2014

Long (1109 pages!), sometimes incomprehensible account of the disturbing life, imprisonment and death of notorious Utah armed robber and killer Gary Gilmore. The pop culture references are somewhat distracting at times, the narrative style can be rather confusing, and I'm reasonably sure that this story could have been told in way less than 1109 pages, but,here it is: Norman Mailer's ultimate salute to his fetishistic obsession with criminals, criminality and penitentiary life. I get the feeling Norman Mailer would gladly have held the inside-out-turned pockets of anybody with a scary enough rap sheet and enough years behind bars. Anyway. it's a decent enough book, if only for the reason you can tell people that you were bad-ass enough to survive this 1109 page killer.

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