The Naked And The Dead
By Norman Mailer
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The Naked And The Dead by Norman Mailer ranked # 51 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
The Naked and the Dead is a 1948 novel, by Norman Mailer. It is based on his experiences during World War II. It was later adapted into a movie of the same title in 1958.
Set in the South Pacific and dealing primarily with a single reconnaissance platoon of riflemen, the novel contains several combat scenes, but focuses on the psychological portraits of the men in the squad. The tension of the novel derives mostly from the conflict between officers and men, including the lieutenant of the squad and the men under him as well as his superiors.
The Naked and the Dead was Mailer's first published novel and was hugely successful, establishing his reputation as a novelist and bringing international recognition.
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