The Executioner's Song

By Norman Mailer
Foreword by  Dave Eggers
Read by Maxwell Hamilton

42.63 Hours 05/15/2018 unabridged
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This is Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize–winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore, now in a brand-new edition. Arguably the greatest book from America’s most heroically ambitious writer, The Executioner’s Song follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous. Mailer tells not only Gilmore’s story but those of the men and women caught in the web of his life and drawn into his procession toward the firing squad. All with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscape and stern theology of Gilmore’s Utah. The Executioner’s Song is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest source of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement—impossible to put down, impossible to forget.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

A New York Times Pick for Books of the Century

A New York Times bestseller

This is Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize–winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore, now in a brand-new edition.

Arguably the greatest book from America’s most heroically ambitious writer, The Executioner’s Song follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous.

Mailer tells not only Gilmore’s story but those of the men and women caught in the web of his life and drawn into his procession toward the firing squad. All with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscape and stern theology of Gilmore’s Utah.

The Executioner’s Song is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest source of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement—impossible to put down, impossible to forget.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work of journalistic fiction, centered on convicted killer Gary Gilmore, boasts a terrific narration by Maxwell Hamilton…Hamilton is spot-on as he delivers Mailer’s well-drawn sketches of the people in Gilmore’s life—his family and friends—and their hardscrabble existence, capturing Utah’s rigid moral code and scofflaw Gilmore’s low regard for its restrictions. A remarkable tale and narration. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“No one but Mailer could have dared this book…The very subject of The Executioner’s Song is that vast emptiness at the center of the Western experience…a dread so close to zero that human voices fade out…This is an absolutely astonishing book.” New York Times Book Review
“A harrowing, absolutely eyes-on account…elevated by Mailer’s genius into art.” Houston Chronicle
“Not since The Grapes of Wrath has there been an American book that so discovered the voices in our culture.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“Literature of the highest order…It lives in the mind long after the last page has been read.” Miami Herald

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Author

Author Bio: Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer (1923–2007) wrote more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner’s Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot’s Ghost; Oswald’s Tale; The Gospel According to the Son; and The Castle in the Forest. He was one of the cofounders of the Village Voice.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 42.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English