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    Harris Yulin,Norman Mailer
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All rights reserved Chapter 7. An Epilogue. The Castle in the Forest.

Published in the United States by Random House, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, In. New York. The castle in the forest: a novel, Norman Mailer. p. cm. 1. Hitler, Adolf, 1889–1945-Family-Fiction. Chapter 7.

Written by Norman Mailer. Narrated by Harris Yulin. A major new novel from one of america's greatest men of letters. A tapestry of unforgettable characters, The Castle in the Forest delivers its myriad twists and surprises with astonishing insight into the nature of the struggle between good and evil that exists in us all. At its core is a hypothesis that is employed with stunning originality. Now, on the eve of his eighty-fourth birthday, Norman Mailer may well be saying more than he ever has before. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

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A large portion of Norman Mailer's "The Castle in the Forest" is devoted to Adolf Hitler's adolescent years as an apprentice beekeeper.

The was Mailer's last book, published in the year he died. Harris Yulin played Head Watcher Quentin Travers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. and with out the slayer, you're just watching Masterpiece Theatre". A large portion of Norman Mailer's "The Castle in the Forest" is devoted to Adolf Hitler's adolescent years as an apprentice beekeeper.

Read by Harris Yulin. Unabridged Audio Download. Abridged Audio Download. Norman Mailer was born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York.

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Mailer doesn’t inhabit these historical figures so much as possess them. He is the author of more than thirty books. The Castle in the Forest, his last novel, was his eleventh New York Times bestseller. an icy and convincing portrait of the dictator as a young sociopath. Entertainment Weekly The work of a bold and confident writer who may yet be seen as the preeminent novelist of our time. a source of tremendous narrative pleasure. 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.

The final work of fiction from Norman Mailer, a defining voice of the postwar era, is also one of his most ambitious, taking as its subject the evil of Adolf Hitler

The final work of fiction from Norman Mailer, a defining voice of the postwar era, is also one of his most ambitious, taking as its subject the evil of Adolf Hitler. The narrator, a mysterious SS man in possession of extraordinary secrets, follows Adolf from birth through adolescence and offers revealing portraits of Hitler’s parents and siblings. A crucial reflection on the shadows that eclipsed the twentieth century, Mailer’s novel delivers myriad twists and surprises along with characteristically astonishing insights into the struggle between good and evil that exists in us all.

Written By: Norman Mailer. Narrated By: Harris Yulin. Publisher: Simon & Schuster. Duration: 15 hours 55 minutes. Summary: A major new novel from one of america's greatest men of letters. Genres: Fiction & Literature .

A mysterious SS man offers an insightful glimpse of the life and career of Adolf Hitler, offering a unique perspective on his family, his childhood and adolescence, and the evolution of the man who became the personification of evil, in a panoramic novel that explores the essence of the struggle between good and evil that exists in us all. Simultaneous.

catterpillar
This book received very mixed reviews--people complained that it needed focus and editing. I agreed until I got near to the end of the book and realized I'd misunderstood Mailer's intention. The story is not a fictional biography of Adolf Hitler, but a fictional autobiography of a demon. Consequently, the seeming 'digressions' on Nicholas II and Elisabeth belong to the story in a significant way.

Taking that perspective, I understood what Mailer was trying to say with this book. Mailer, at the end of his life and confronting the ultimate reality, was thinking about the big questions. Is there more than this existence? Is there a god and a life after death? What are good and evil, from whence do they come, how do they function in this life? Why are we here? How much free will do we really have?

"The Castle in the Forest" leaves only hints at possible answers to these fundamental questions. In the end, I don't think Mailer found the answers. I certainly don't feel any closer to understanding after reading, but but have a warm sense of companionship in my unknowing. Reading "The Castle in the Forest" is an intellectual exercise, and that's emphatically not a criticism.

My final recommendation: if you are looking for insight into Adolf Hitler's character, don't buy this book. If you are looking for entertainment, relaxation, or fun, don't buy this book. However, if you are interested in expanding your intellectual horizons, if you want to discuss difficult questions and are prepared to forego conclusions, buy this book.
Dori
This is my second attempt to read Norman Mailer (after "The Naked and the Dead"), and it will probably be my last. File this one in the "Monumentally Misguided" category, with "Swing Kids" and "Triumph of the Spirit." Mailer tries to use the grist of Hitler's childhood as the basis of a story about a demon loosed upon Earth, and the book sinks under the weight of an unworkable concept. Like with "The Naked and the Dead," the writing shines brilliantly in patches, but, as with that work, the gems are buried under turgid, moribund passages that made reading this one a chore. I couldn't finish it, and I will conclude with the same recommendation Bob Odenkirk gave for a John Tesh CD on an old episode of "Mr. Show": Not recommended for any living thing.
Doulkree
Mailer's last novel, The Castle in the Forest: A Novel is reminiscent of C.S. Lewis' ScrewTape Letters - except this demon is assigned an incestuous family in Linz by the name of Heidler who change their name to Hitler to sound more upscale! Yeah, right. Young "Adi" is pampered by his Mutti and beaten or ignored by Herr Vater, Alois Hitler, a womanizing, petty bureaucrat with a self-agrandized ego. Mailer cleverly links events in Adi's young life with imprints that will shape his actions and beliefs decades later. For example, his father keeps bees and periodically has to burn a diseased hive or "the sickness will spread to all the bees," foreshadowing Hitler's gas chambers. What I found most interesting was the relationship of Satan (called "The Maestro") with his worker-demons -- much like the Queen Bee and drones to continue the apiary analogy, as well. Also, angels (called "cudgels") have an interesting relationship to demons and to God Almighty ("The Dumbkopf"; or D.K.). Midway through the story, Mailer also makes a strange detour for several chapters to discuss Czar Nickolas and the Russian coronation in 1895 which doesn't have much if anything to do with the Hitler story. All in all, I'd give this historical/philosophical/theological novel a B/B+ for an interesting take on how & why the evil of Nazism originated and spread.
Kakashkaliandiia
A fine book for these dark days. Mailer wrote it as one watches an accident take place. The historic setting is merely a convenience; the man was not writing about our time. In the same way, it is not simply a book about the family origins and early youth of Adolph Hitler. Mailer was too sophisticated a thinker and gifted a writer to use Hitler as more than a trope, rather than a metaphor for the the binary opposition of good and evil. Hitler is too convenient a villain to take literally.

As I read the book, the more convinced I became that Mailer accepted the living presence of good and evil and the ontological consequences of the tension of such a dynamic in human lives and affairs. Actually, at a certain point, the diabolic narrative seemed to suggest the success of Bill Clinton, as much as Hitler's, and Clinton's success becomes a metaphor of the particular and pernicious influence of the demonic.

Charlie Rose once asked Mailer why people liked Clinton, and Mailer answered, "Because he doesn't demand anything of anyone." This may seem like a curious interpretation of the Former President's appeal, but considering the techniques described by the book's demonic narrator, one ought to give this interpretation some weight.

Consider: "Yes, he could tell stories about his childhood to bring tears to the eyes, and pure sorrow to the hearts of all who listened. It had not come all at once, this immaculate bedrock of a lie I had fixed to those folds of the brain where memory is stored in close embrace with mendacity. My art was to replace a true memory by a false one..." Or, "For the Maestro often pointed to my work on this matter: 'There is no better way to usurp the services of a high political leader than by this method. They must not be able to distinguish certain lies from the truth. They are of considerable use to us when they do not even know that they are lying, because the mistruth is so vital to their needs.' "

The more Mailer wrote of lying and the uses of lies the less the novel became an example of "historical fiction" and more a supremely subtle depiction of contemporary events and personalities, as well as a punishing reflection on the the presence of evil in our current politics, where the most banal men and women have, through deceptions, both petty and significant, contaminated our body politics.

If we read this work as merely historical fiction, or as a meditation on evil in the person of Hitler, we are doing both this fine Book, and Mailer's remarkable imagination and skills as a story teller, a terrible disservice.