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The Castle in the Forest
The Castle in the Forest
Author: Norman Mailer
No career in modern American letters is at once so brilliant, varied, and controversial as that of Norman Mailer. In a span of more than six decades, Mailer has searched into subjects ranging from World War II to Ancient Egypt, from the march on the Pentagon to Marilyn Monroe, from Henry Miller and Mohammad Ali to Jesus Christ. Now, in The Ca...  more » his first major work of fiction in more than a decade, Mailer offers what may be his consummate literary endeavor: He has set out to explore the evil of Adolf Hitler.

The narrator, a mysterious SS man who is later revealed to be an exceptional presence, gives us young Adolf from birth, as well as Hitler’s father and mother, his sisters and brothers, and the intimate details of his childhood and adolescence.

A tapestry of unforgettable characters, The Castle in the Forest delivers its playful twists and surprises with astonishing insight into the nature of the struggle between good and evil that exists in us all. At its core is a hypothesis that propels this novel and makes it a work of stunning originality. Now, on the eve of his eighty-fourth birthday, Norman Mailer may well be saying more than he ever has before.
ISBN-13: 9780394536491
ISBN-10: 0394536495
Publication Date: 1/23/2007
Pages: 496
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

3 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
Unique and disturbing book. Not for children. A look into the dark side and formative period of Adolf Hitler as a child. The last Novel length work completed by Norman Mailer before his death in 2007. Many will put this book down before finishing, this book is not for the timid, or squeamish. Interesting Fiction, with enough fact, flavor, and color to make it readable.
Not enjoyable, but you find yourself reading as you might stare at a terrible
car accident as you pass. Thinking Thank god, its not me.
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Helpful Score: 1
great book...lots of insight into the mind of Hitler.
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Fictionalized account of the childhood of Adolf Hitler. A look into the highly disfunctional family he was born into and their effect on his young psyche. It was fascinating but also disturbing, as of course, most things about Hitler are.
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