The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History E–book/E–pub


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  • The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History
  • Norman Mailer
  • English
  • 01 June 2020
  • 9780451057228

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    The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History E–book/E–pub “Once History inhabits a crazy house egotism may be the last tool left to History” ― Norman Mailer The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as HistoryIt has been a long time since I've read Mailer I read The Executioner's S

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    Read The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History Characters Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Norman Mailer Norman Mailer ✓ 2 Review A Novel HistoryThis loosely fictionalised account of the 1967 anti Vietnam war March on the Pentagon won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book AwardWhile many of Mailer's political and philosophical concerns could be said to have dated like much of Sixties culture I really enjoyed re reading itI suspect that many of my own views about Sixties politics particularly the relationship between the Old Left and the N

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    Norman Mailer ✓ 2 Review The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History E–book/E–pub The Pentagon rose like an anomaly of the sea from the soft Virginia fields its pale yellow walls reminiscent of some plastic plug coming out of the hole made in flesh by an unmentionable operation There it sat geometrical aura complete isolate

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    Read The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History Characters Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Norman Mailer Norman Mailer ✓ 2 Review Occasionally I have to pay homage to my roots No Not the Detroit suburbs or the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church To the 1960s where I spent what turns out to be my formative years In the past week I have read three Kindle mysteries that got my adrenalin pumping and my conscience thinking I had to do something better with my time Part of the attraction was my new Kindle Paperwhite so I was feeling disloyal to old fashioned hard covers Part of

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    Characters Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Norman Mailer Norman Mailer ✓ 2 Review The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History E–book/E–pub This book upon its publication in 1968 swept the highest awards for non fiction the Pulitzer and National Book Awards This w

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    Norman Mailer ✓ 2 Review Characters Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Norman Mailer Read The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History Norman Mailer Norman Mailer I believe I will take a page from Mr Christopher Hitchens who did NOT have a problem blasting Jerry Falwell on national television while the corpse was still warm and make some honest yet unflattering remarks about Mailer whose goodreads update feed currently shows him reading The Ha

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    The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History E–book/E–pub I read this thing 49 years ago when I was still in high school At the time I found it wonderful As a behind the scenes view of an anti Viet Nam war demonstration it was tremdendously topical In retrospect it appears to be

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    The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History E–book/E–pub Characters Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Norman Mailer Norman Mailer ✓ 2 Review This is a vivid and compelling portrait of the 1967 anti war march on the Pentagon but Mailer often gets in his own way a sentiment with which he might be obliged to agree based on his own role in the story Not without reason is he c

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    The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History E–book/E–pub Characters Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Norman Mailer Norman Mailer ✓ 2 Review This book made me hate Norman Mailer Really I wished him dead after reading this book And this after I had read and fallen in love with his book Executioner's Song This book is narcissism pure and simple the fact that it won

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    The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History E–book/E–pub Norman Mailer ✓ 2 Review Characters Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Norman Mailer In this nonfiction novel Mailer depicts the Mailer character the Mailer character should not be mistaken for the wilier flesh and blood Mailer as a glowering self important drunk whose main objective is to marinate in whiske

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The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History

Characters Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Norman Mailer Norman Mailer ✓ 2 Review The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ue grandes crises de cristandade se passam na América uando os heróis militares estão dum lado. A Novel HistoryThis loosely fictionalised account of the 1967 anti Vietnam war March on the Pentagon won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book AwardWhile many of Mailer s political and philosophical concerns could be said to have dated like much of Sixties culture I really enjoyed re reading itI suspect that many of my own views about Sixties politics particularly the relationship between the Old Left and the New Left were shaped by my first readingTo that extent it s had a lasting effect on me despite its flawsHistory as a NovelThe work is divided into two parts History as a Novel and The Novel as HistoryPart I is New Journalism in which the author is inserted into the action Except he is cast as a semi fictional third person protagonist hence it is just as much post modernist metafiction as journalismMailer was both a speaker and a demonstrator at the events described in the novel This is how he justifies the choice of himself as protagonist An eyewitness who is a participant but not a vested partisan is reuired further he must be not only involved but ambiguous in his own proportions a comic heroMailer is a figure of monumental disproportions and so serves willy nilly as the bridgeinto the crazy house the crazy mansionOnce History inhabits a crazy house egotism may be the last tool left to HistoryDespite his overt and unashamed egotism Mailer also paints himself as a clown in a vaudeville or burlesue showRunning late for his speech he can t find the lights in the venue toilet and accidentally urinates on the floor which event he builds into an extended impromptu metaphor in his speech a few minutes later Inevitably he both takes a piss and takes the pissThe sense of humour doesn t uite balance the egotism but at least it broadens his rhetorical paletteThe Novel as HistoryPart II dispenses with this artifice However it also uotes liberally from other contemporary accounts of the March on the Pentagon illustrating the point that if they had formed the factual basis of History it would have been erroneous the mass media which surrounded the March on the Pentagon created a forest of inaccuracy which would blind the efforts of any historian our novel has provided us with the possibility no even the instrument to view our facts and conceivably study them in that field of light a labor of lens grinding has producedIn this light Part I proves to be an eually valid contribution to History even if it s a subjective account of what went on in the mind of a minor protagonist His history of the Pentagoninsisted on becoming a history of himself over four days and therefore was history in the costume of a novelThe two parts are therefore eually contributions towards a History that might be derived from an aggregation of different perspectivesStormin NormanMailer s favourite stance on any issue moral political or otherwise is adversary or contrarian The clue to discovery was not in the substance of one s idea but in what was learned from the style of one s attack which was one reason Mailer s style changed for every projectHowever in pursuit of a theatre of ideas he does give ample airtime to his adversaries and his accounts of their views are often sufficiently fair to allow you to embrace their views in preference to his His own views might not always be reliable or persuasive However at least he tells you both sides of the story unlike much contemporary journalism or historical analysis which freuently contains an unacknowledged but transparent biasMoral Action Not Just CalculusUntil the March Mailer was content to express his political opposition to the Vietnam War and the social and political culture that generated it by way of his writingThe March presented to him both an opportunity and a challenge to go beyond his writing and actually participate in political action The Novelist became a Participant as well as a Protagonist in his metafictionThere comes a time when a moral calculus might not be enough If you genuinely care about your subject matter sooner or later it has to be translated into moral or political action on an individual andor group levelNo matter how small his contribution to the March he was one of the first ten to be arrested and jailed he contributed to a tangible if symbolic political actionThis action was significant in its own right uite apart from his documentation of it in novel formUnlike some current moral commentators he was not content simply to describe the predicament of people who might be seen as victims he sought to do something political about itMorality is not just about thinking it s also about actionA writer who fails to acknowledge this risks entrapment in the world of art for art s sake This is not to denigrate the pure artist only to caution against hagiography of the inactiveThe Theatre of IdeasMailer s own politics were difficult to define at most points in his careerIn 1967 if not the whole time they were in a state of flux and transitionAt no point did he ever really throw his hat in with one Weltanschauung He remained individualistic to the point of egotismHowever the March highlighted the fact that he found himself sandwiched between two adversariesThe first was the Old Left the second the New LeftTo some extent the March was a uniue rainbow coalition of the two plus Mailer to the extent that he stood outside both camps and these are genuine rainbow stories However the two movements coexisted like two aspects of a dialectic that would both preserve the old and give rise to something newThe Old LeftWhatever its goals the Old Left represented rationality and logic Mailer refers to its adherence to the sound as brickwork logic of the next step in some hard new Left program To the extent that it was Marxist it belonged to the tradition of Scientific Socialism However the excesses of Soviet Communism had undermined both Socialism and confidence in its rationalism In its Totalitarian manifestation it was oppressive than Capitalism Understandably the children of the Old Left were seeking an alternativeMailer had been on the Board of the Socialist magazine Dissent before finding that he too had moved away from the other members politically he refers to himself as a uondam Marxist despite remaining fond of them personallyThe New LeftThe New Left was less dependent on a faith in rationality and logic The Old Left logic was almost too dull and boring for the children of the New Left The new generation believed in technology than any before it but the generation also believed in LSD in witches in tribal knowledge in orgy and revolution It had no respect whatsoever for the unassailable logic of the next step belief was reserved for the revelatory mystery of the happening where you did not know what was going to happen nextIt adored Che Guevara and modelled its politics and political aesthetic on him The primary goal was to embrace Revolution as a political strategy However Revolution had ceased to be a means to an end It had become an end in its own rightNobody could know what would replace the current economic social and political order until the Revolution had succeeded and we saw how all of the cards had landedSpontaneity was the primary impulse Trust the authority of your sensesIf it made you feel good it was good If it made you feel good do it There was no desire to subject the Revolution to rationality and logic and five year plansFor the Old Left this was infantile dangerous and counterproductive Why support such a movement if you couldn t tell whether it would simply replace one form of oppression with a reign of terror Mailer was sympathetic to the vision of the New Left than was the Old Left However his analysis of the New Left agenda doesn t dig particularly deep and as a result it suffers from its superficiality In fairness the New Left had only just formed and hadn t yet started to focus primarily on Identity Politics Thus it s difficult to say what it represented in 1967Nihilism and AuthorityMailer doesn t expressly use the A word Anarchism to describe the New Left Its advocates are hippies He often suggests that they believe in Nihilism not in the sense that it might oppose chaos to order just that they believe that something has to be torn down before something can be rebuilt in its placeWhat the Nihilists and hippies oppose is the Authority their radicalism was in their hate for the Authority Mailer doesn t refer to it as the State It seems to be broader than the institution of government The Authority encompasses the military industrial complex as well Within the Capitalist system there is a conspiracy of the State and Business Society must conform or be oppressedMailer discovers that he has some nuanced sympathy for these views He sees in the March a confirmation of the contests of his own lifeEually there are differences Historically his drug of choice has been speed supplemented by whiskey marijuana and seconal The hippies preference is LSDMailer actually suspects that acid enhances the prospects of survival of the Authority by destroying the minds of the next generationTotalitarian AccelerationAt times Mailer s description of the plight of this generation seems to foreshadow Pynchon and De Lillo The nightmare was in the echo of those trips which had fractured their sense of past and presentnature was a veil whose tissue had ben ripped by static screams of jet motors the highway grid of the suburbs smog defoliation pollution of streams overfertilisation of earth anti fertilisation of women and the radiation of two decades of near blind atom bustingStill Mailer was prepared to overlook this difference on the basis that the Revolution might be a vital part of a twenty year war that if won would result in some economic social and political alternatives that he was prepared to try out If the hippies didn t last the distance well that was their bad luckOn the other hand nothing was worse than a nihilism which failed to succeed for totalitarianism would then be acceleratedThe BeastMailer s worldview is not restricted to a battle between the individual and the Authority and its oncoming totalitarianismHe describes one of his personae as the Beast He doesn t elaborate on this concept in this work However it represents his animalistic nature perhaps an irrational or non rational Self that is opposed to the oppressiveness of societyThere is little discussion of Freud in the novel apart from a veiled reference of Marcuse in terms of the Freud ridden embers of Marxism However it s possible that the Beast is the Ego and potentially the Id and that its adversary is the Super EgoSexuality and GuiltMailer raises these issues in the context of his discussion of sex a subject upon which his ideas now seem to be the most perverseMailer s adversary Paul Goodman believes that all forms of sexuality including homosexuality and onanism are eually valid He strives for a choice of sexualities none of which should be associated with guiltOn the other hand Mailer despite his apparent support of libertarianism advocates only one valid sexuality heterosexuality Mailer with his neo Victorianism thought that if there was anything worse than homosexuality and masturbation it was putting the two togetherHe also regards guilt as a vital part of the pleasure derived from sexual activityIf sex wasn t somehow sanctioned he believes there would be no drama involved in sexual activity It would become dull the worst of all possible crimes The prospect of guilt introduces an element of theatre and dramatic tension Individuals need guilt and social sanction so that they have something with which to do battle and win Great Balls of DefianceMailer s philosophy reuires an adversary which it can defyHe is not so much interested in harmony as the type of creativity that emerges from conflict Without a dialectical opposition there is no excitement there is no lifeThis is how he describes the symbolic battle between demonstrator and soldier I will steal your elan and your brawn and the very animal of your charm because I am morally right and you are wrong and the balance of existence is such that the meat of your life is now attached to my spirit I am stealing your ballsBeauty and the BeastMailer s ideas descend further into idiosyncrasy when he addresses the role of women particularly in the act of sex Mailer s philosophy is very male oriented Women are the object upon which the male subject acts Sex is the vehicle for the expression of male dynamism and power Women are mere passive vehicles or conduits for male self expression There is no sense of a personal or sexual relationship as mutual or other than an Hegelian MasterServant relationship in which the male is always the Master and the female is always the ServantInterestingly men need to go on a journey to discover and realise their version of Mailer s Beast Men are not born men or beasts Paraphrasing Simone de Beauvoir men become men or beasts Men have to earn their beastliness Nobody was born a man you earned manhood provided you were good enough bold enoughMasculinity and sex are sporting activities perhaps even blood sports Just as professional sport puts men to the test so does sex Only women are just the playing field upon which the sport is played or acted outWe Can Be HeroesIf Mailer wanted to portray modern or post modern life as some sort of heroic encounter between the individual and the State or the Authority or the Big Other or perhaps even Death itself he effectively shot himself in the foot by his rampant sixties misogynist homophobic machismo As Mailer says of himself in the third person He would have been admirable except that he was an absolute egomaniac a Beast no recognition existed of the existence of anything beyond the range of his own reachRegardless I think there is something to be salvaged from his writing in terms of his focus on dynamism and activism if not necessarily the constant uest for dialectical opposition or conflict as a proof of manhoodBesides the uality of his prose is consistently excellent if you forgive him his penis obsession and his peculiar ideological bent A Private MixtureFor all his flaws it s also possible that this work can now be read fruitfully by later generationsUltimately Mailer defines his political views as a private mixture of Marxism conservatism nihilism and large parts of existentialismThis mix might not have made much sense at the time when people tended to occupy one camp or another but not two or Many of these old differentiations don t resonate any longer Now it s possible that the inconsistencies between the different camps can potentially be reconciled into one comprehensible worldview or temperament at least on an individual basisWhatever it s refreshing to read a moral calculus and a primer for action that s comprehensive well written and less than 300 pages long

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Characters Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Norman Mailer Norman Mailer ✓ 2 Review The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free E os santos em nome do outro ue toue o clarim A morte da América cavalga pelo nevoeiro fumacent. Norman Mailer Norman Mailer I believe I will take a page from Mr Christopher Hitchens who did NOT have a problem blasting Jerry Falwell on national television while the corpse was still warm and make some honest yet unflattering remarks about Mailer whose goodreads update feed currently shows him reading The Handbook for the Recently DeceasedThis book is kind of a literary atrocity It is everything I would expect from an overblown superfamous ego and nothing that I would expect should win the goddamned National Book Award AND the PulitzerTwo hundred and fifty pages of Mailer on Mailer Wherein Mailer discusses Mailer in the third person and then Mailer had his 15th drink his wives favoritism for his sons over his daughters a few flip remarks about Vietnam a brief and annotated lattice like history of the civil rights movement and key players and much self congratulatory aggrandizement about the cool NY literary parties of which his attendance was at least in his eyes all but mandatory WTF For fear that this book wasn t a fair representation of the manmyth I m now reading The Executioner s Song I was dreading it because 1050 pages of Mailer on Mailer would be too much for me to bear BUT it is great so far It is clearly Mailer s fuck you to Capote s In Cold Blood It is 1050 pages to Capote s 250 and follows a similar journalistic arc the everyman American psychokiller his arrest trial and death I m only 200 pages in but I do bet Capote felt a bit upstaged And 200 pages in I ve encountered not even a back handed reference to Mailer

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Characters Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Norman Mailer Norman Mailer ✓ 2 Review The Armies of the Night History as a Novel the Novel as History Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free O Meditai nesse país ue expressa o nosso uerer É a América uma beleza agora com pele leprosa . This book made me hate Norman Mailer Really I wished him dead after reading this book And this after I had read and fallen in love with his book Executioner s Song This book is narcissism pure and simple the fact that it won the National Book Award makes me uestion the validity of that award After I read this book I picked up the memoir written by Mailer s second wife Adele the one he stabbedYeah did you know Mailer actually stabbed one of his wives One gets the impression he wanted to emulate Gary Gil but while Gary was willing to accept death for his crimes old Norman was getting weepy at the thought of spending a week in jailThis book is full of references to people of the late 60s that the current generation is not going to relate to It s a book of its time that doesn t hold up today