The Executioner's Song

The Executioner's Song

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Reconstructs the crime and fate of Gary Gilmore, the convicted murderer who sought his own execution in Utah, based on taped interviews with relatives, friends, lawyers, and law-enforcement officials.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2012
Edition: First Grand Central Publishing trade edition
Copyright Date: ©1979
ISBN: 9780446584388
Branch Call Number: F MAILER
Characteristics: xvi, 1109 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Jul 05, 2017

This book was absolutely amazing!

CMLibrary_sfetzer May 17, 2016

The Executioner’s Song is perhaps Norman Mailer’s most ambitious work, both in scale and in style. Told in the tone of a journalist presenting only the facts, this “true-life novel” follows Gary Gilmore as he is released from prison, kills two men, and is ultimately executed. Mailer’s immense work spares no details as he documents the disheartening life and death of Gilmore who had been incarcerated for most of his adult existence. At turns heartbreaking, hopeful, depressing, and even grotesque, Mailer manages to capture not only a single human being but a whole community and its myriad residents. Readers who enjoyed Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood but were left wanting more will love Mailer’s masterpiece.

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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