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An American Nightmare

An American Nightmare GPD In some, madness must come in with breath, mill through the blood and be breathed out again. In some it goes up to the mind. Some take the madness and stop it with discipline. Madness is locked beneath. It goes into tissues, is swallowed by the cells. The cells go mad THAT is Normal Mailer in the epilogue of his famous novel 'The American Dream". Unfortunately in real life we are nowhere near the epilogue of the American dream. The edition of the novel that we read was dated 1965 (a British edition; Book Club choice and all that). That was the year Mailer's countrymen began pounding Vietnam with about twice as much bombing as Europe took during two world wars together. We had thought then that the novel which features Jack Kennedy on its opening pages and talks of cells going mad in its epilogue was a remarkably contemporary novel although, one must hasten to add, it is not at all a political novel.

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