Amid the cactus wilds some two hundred miles from Hollywood lies a privileged oasis called Desert D’Or. It is a place for starlets, directors, studio execs, and the well-groomed lowlifes who cater to them. And, as imagined by Norman Mailer in this blistering classic, Desert D’Or is a moral proving ground, where men and women discover what they really want—and how far they are willing to go to get it. As Mailer traces their couplings and uncouplings, their uneasy flirtation with success and self-extinction, he creates a legendary portrait of America’s machinery of desire.
Praise for The Deer Park
“A scathing portrayal of Hollywood . . . studded with brilliant and illuminating passages.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent . . . [Mailer] drives us up and down The Deer Park at breakneck speed. It is a trip through unfamiliar country, for a time funny and then unnerving.”—The New Yorker
“Savage . . . brilliant . . . exhilarating.”—The Atlantic Monthly
“Entertaining and wise . . . In addition to his furious energy and true ear, Mailer is simpatico with humanity . . . on a level rare in American fiction.”—The New Republic
Praise for Norman Mailer
“[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation.”—The New York Times
“A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent.”—The New Yorker
“Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure.”—The Washington Post
“A devastatingly alive and original creative mind.”—Life
“Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.”—The New York Review of Books
“The largest mind and imagination [in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book.”—Chicago Tribune
“Mailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream.”—The Cincinnati Post
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About the Author
Born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Norman Mailer was one of the most influential writers of the second half of the twentieth century and a leading public intellectual for nearly sixty years. He is the author of more than thirty books. The Castle in the Forest, his last novel, was his eleventh New York Times bestseller. His first novel, The Naked and the Dead, has never gone out of print. His 1968 nonfiction narrative, The Armies of the Night, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He won a second Pulitzer for The Executioner’s Song and is the only person to have won Pulitzers in both fiction and nonfiction. Five of his books were nominated for National Book Awards, and he won a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation in 2005. Mr. Mailer died in 2007 in New York City.
Hometown:Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York, New York
Date of Birth:January 31, 1923
Date of Death:November 10, 2007
Place of Birth:Long Branch, New Jersey
Education:B.S., Harvard University, 1943; Sorbonne, Paris, 1947-48
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IN THE CACTUS WILD of Southern California, a distance of two hundred miles from the capital of cinema as I choose to call it is the town of Desert D’Or. There I went from the Air Force to look for a good time. Some time ago.
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What People are Saying About This
"Savage . . . brilliant . . . exhilarating."
"A writer of the greatest and most reckless talents."
—The New Yorker
"Entertaining and wise. . . . In addition to his furious energy and true ear, Mailer is simpatico with humanity . . . on a level rare in American fiction."
"Studded with brilliant and illuminating passages."
—The New York Times
The Deer Park was not at all what I expected, pleasantly surprised, yet I am biased to Mailer... He writes good and some of my friends have expressed their distaste... The novel is simply about a location in the deserk inhabited by the Hollywood elite in the communist days of 1950's. The style was practically indentical to Babary Shore which I also loved... There is little to say against Mailer if you are like me. A fan. I highly recommend this work of art.
From the very first written word to the final I could not put this book down. Mr. Mailer brings alive some of the most disgusting, disfunctional characters and yet turns them into the most intriguing characters I have ever met it my life. It takes the commonly used, mis-treated, and hard to explain word "Love" and proceeds to tear it apart, examine it, then leave it for the crows that must live outside of L.A. I am a fan of Norman Mailer's and this novel shows why.