Sunday, January 28, 2007

Norman Mailer Summed Up in One Sentence


Norman Mailer, who has always been a legend in his own mind, is starting to receive the predictable negative reviews for his latest effort, a fictionalized biography of Adolph Hitler titled The Castle in the Forest.

Randy Boyagoda, writing today in The Globe and Mail, has produced my favorite book review quote concerning Mailer and the new book:
This is a Norman Mailer book, which means it's grandly ambitious, another wild swing at the fences, another long, loud, foul ball.

In other words, for you non-baseball fans out there, it's yet another near miss from Mr. Mailer, just a long, loud strike two.

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