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eBook Tough Guys Don't Dance: A Novel ePub

by Norman Mailer

  • ISBN: 0375508740
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Norman Mailer
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House (September 10, 2002)
  • Pages: 240
  • ePub book: 1910 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1227 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 366

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Tough Guys Don't Dance (1984) is a noir thriller and murder mystery novel by American writer, Norman Mailer, reminiscent of the works of Dashiell Hammett and Mickey Spillane. The book was filmed in 1987.

Tough Guys Don't Dance (1984) is a noir thriller and murder mystery novel by American writer, Norman Mailer, reminiscent of the works of Dashiell Hammett and Mickey Spillane. Set in Provincetown on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the protagonist is Tim Madden, a former bartender and drug runner, currently struggling to make a living as a writer.

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Tough Guys Don't Dance isn't an exceptionally good book, but it is entertaining. Much of Norman Mailer's political stuff can be unreadable, however he is truly a great novelist. This book is an example of his abilities. It's dark, gory, and fascinating. It straddles the line between a disturbing cult classic and a bit of kitsch that's "so bad it's good.

Tough Guys Don’t Dance is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. Published in the United States by Random House Trade Paperbacks, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, New York, a Penguin Random House Company.

Rarely, as many readers will discern, have the paradoxes ofmachismo and homosexuality been so well explored.

Praise for Tough Guys Don’t Dance As brash, brooding and ultimately mesmerizing as the author himself. Norman Mailer peers into the recesses and buried virtues of the modern American male in a brilliant crime novel that transcends genre. dazzling balance between humor and horror. New York Daily News A first-rate page-turner of a murder mystery. full of great characters, littered with dead bodies and replete with plausible suspects. Chicago Tribune has that charming Mailer bravado.

Tough Guys Don't Dance: A Novel. Written by Norman Mailer. Narrated by MacLeod Andrews. When Tim Madden, an unsuccessful writer living on Cape Cod, awakes with a gruesome hangover, a painful tattoo on his upper arm, and a severed female head in his marijuana stash, he has almost no memory of the night before

Other articles where Tough Guys Don’t Dance is discussed: Norman Mailer. olume of an uncompleted trilogy; Tough Guys Don’t . In 1995 Mailer published Oswald’s Tale, an exhaustive nonfictional portrayal of .

Other articles where Tough Guys Don’t Dance is discussed: Norman Mailer. olume of an uncompleted trilogy; Tough Guys Don’t Dance (1984), a contemporary mystery thriller; and the enormous Harlot’s Ghost (1991), a novel focusing on the Central Intelligence Agency. John F. Kennedy’s assassin. Mailer’s final two novels intertwined.

Rarely, as many readers will discern, have the paradoxes of machismo and homosexuality been so well explored. John B · 1 decade ago. 0.

A dark, brilliant novel of astonishing pitch, set in Provincetown, a “spit of shrub and dune” captured here in the rawness and melancholy of the off-season, Tough Guys Don’t Dance is the story of Tim Madden, an unsuccessful writer addicted to bourbon, cigarettes, and blonde, careless women with money. On the twenty-fourth morning after the decampment of his wife, Patty Lareine, he awakens with a hangover, considerable sexual excitement, and, on his upper arm, a red tattoo bearing a name from the past. Of the night before, he remembers practically nothing. What he soon learns is that the front passenger seat of his Porsche is soaked with blood and that in a secluded corner of his marijuana stash in a nearby woods rests a blonde head, severed at the throat.Is Madden therefore a murderer? He has no way of knowing. As in many novels of crime, the narrative centers on violence—physical, sexual, and emotional—but these elements move in their orbits through a rich constellation of character as Madden tries to reconstruct the missing hours of a terrible evening. In the course of this in-quiry a bizarre and vividly etched gallery of characters reappears to him as in a dream—ex-prizefighters, sexual junkies, mediums, former cons, a police chief, a world-weary former girl friend, and Mad-den’s father, old now but still a Herculean figure, a practitioner of the sternest backroom ethics.Tough Guys Don’t Dance represents Mailer at the peak of his powers with a stunningly conceived novel that soon transcends its origins as a mystery to become a relentless search into the recesses and buried virtues of the modern American male. Rarely, as many readers will discern, have the paradoxes of machismo and homosexuality been so well explored.

Comments

artman artman
I've never read any Mailer before this book, so I didn't have any preconceived notions about it. Although I thought that the book had an amazingly good idea behind it, it fell flat for me by the end.

Characters

The book follows Tim Madden, a freelance writer whose wife recently left him. He isn't a terribly successful writer, but he also hasn't been writing much since his wife left him. He is not a very likable character as he spends a large portion of the book drunk and another large portion of the book talking about his sexual encounters (and there are plenty of them in the book). The book also shows many of the people that he interacts with in his small town.

Setting

The story is set in Provincetown near Cape Cod. The town is a tourist attraction as it is one of the original locations that the Pilgrims landed. However, since the book occurs in November, there are no tourists in the book and the town is mostly deserted.

Plot

The plot of this book was brilliantly conceived. The book is a murder-mystery not unlike others that we've all read before. The main difference here is that instead of the viewpoint characters being a Holmes or Watson, brought in from the outside to solve the case, Tim is not only intricately involved with all of the people in the story, but is also a suspect in the crimes as he doesn't recall everything that happened the night of the murder. He was drunk and doesn't recall most of the night in question. We follow Tim as he tries to figure out what happened that night.

Enjoyment

The book had a beautiful premise and an interesting set-up, but was horribly executed. At least 25-30% of this book is either completely unnecessary or simply profane for no reason other than being profane. If I wasn't reading this for a class I wouldn't have gotten past the first 3 chapters. Combine this with a horrible Deus Ex Machina towards the end of the book and I was left with a horrible taste from the book.

Overall Grade

If you're a writer and you want to see an interesting way to look at telling a classic mystery story, you could do with reading this book (and hopefully you could tell a better story using a similar premise). If you aren't a writer looking for a different way to tell a familiar story, stay away from this book.

3/10

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Thetalen Thetalen
Amidst the esteemed literary output of Norman Mailer, Tough Guys Don't Dance, published in 1984, sticks out like a sore thumb. Here the renowned author tries his hand at the genre of crime fiction, in effect saying, "I may have won two Pulitzers, but I can still write like a tough guy." The result is something akin to if Hemingway wrote porn. The narrator, Tim Madden, distraught over the recent departure of his wife, meets a couple of out-of-towners at a bar and gets loaded. He wakes up the next morning with a new tattoo, a car seat covered in blood, and no memory of what happened. As he tries to piece together the events of that night, he finds himself investigating a murder he himself may have committed.

The novel is set in Provincetown, Massachusetts, a tourist destination at the very tip of Cape Cod. The story takes place in the off-season, when P-town is reduced to a sort of ghost town populated by hardcore lifers and the spirits of the dead. Mailer does a great job of describing the quirky, disturbing characters that lurk in the creepy underbelly of any small town, but he takes it so far to extremes that he approaches surrealism. Every character in the book is hooked on hard drugs and booze, sex-addicted to the point of having a juvenile obsession with genitalia, and firmly convinced of the existence of spirits, ghosts, and other supernatural forces. And above all, every character in the book is capable of murder. If you're willing to suspend enough disbelief to exist in this world, then you're in for a pretty good ride.

While reading Tough Guys Don't Dance, one gets the feeling that Mailer dashed the book off in one fell swoop, with no self-editing. The prose is brisk and addictive. Once you start reading, it's difficult to stop. The rapid fire dialogue carries you along like a swift current, even though what you're reading may be totally ridiculous. The book is a noir thriller like Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane used to write, but updated for the 1980s. Where it fails is when Mailer forgets he's having fun and feels the need to remind us of his literary laurels with passages that are far too lofty to fit the book. Even the low-life druggies and thugs in the book occasionally lapse into the voice of a Harvard-educated poet. As a narrator, Madden is far too sensitive for this book. Mailer wants us to know he's a tough guy--an ex-boxer and bartender with a prison record--but can't help reminding us that he's also a writer. Thus, on his way to his marijuana patch, Tim regales us with an ode to fall colors. If Mailer wanted to write a dirty shocker of a crime novel, he should have immersed himself completely in that atmosphere and stopped shooting for another Pulitzer. There's a lot of graphic sex in the book, or at least graphic sex talk. Mailer seems to particularly enjoy ribald depictions of homosexuality, as if revelling in his own naughtiness, but thirty years after publication homosexuality isn't as taboo as it used to be, and 21st century readers are likely to find such passages more silly than shocking.

The actual mystery story is confusing as hell, and the resolution doesn't particularly satisfy. Memory loss is an old chestnut of the genre that can't help but feel like a cliché; likewise, the way that killers engage in lengthy confessions of their sins before killing, rather than just pull the trigger and get it over with. Without such confessions there would be no resolution, because Madden's a lousy detective. Nevertheless, there are some really suspenseful moments here and a cast of delightfully creepy characters that keep you interested enough to want to see what's around the next turn. Tough Guys Don't Dance isn't an exceptionally good book, but it is entertaining. It straddles the line between a disturbing cult classic and a bit of kitsch that's "so bad it's good." The less you take it seriously, the more you'll enjoy it.
Kupidon Kupidon
Much of Norman Mailer's political stuff can be unreadable, however he is truly a great novelist. This book is an example of his abilities. It's dark, gory, and fascinating. This is not a light fluffy murder mystery. This one will leave a mark on you that you'll remember for a long time. Read it.
Agalen Agalen
It took me some patience to get used to style and language and at times vocabulary. But there is a very intelligent author behind the story, which gets better and better as the story develops.
Unereel Unereel
great descriptions of the Cape and P'Town back in the day...
Muniath Muniath
It is Norman Mailer at his absolute best. The atmosphere set throughout this book makes you believe you are actually there. There are very few books I have re bought in electronic format and this is one such book.
Ndlaitha Ndlaitha
I love Norman Mailer and his style of writing! Enjoyed this book as much the second time as I did the first!
Norman Mailer is a great storyteller and a skilled writer. "Tough Guys" should be required reading for anyone who is studying writing.