Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The Castle in the Forest by Norman Mailer

A narrator is telling the story of Adolf Hitler. It starts out before Adolf was born through the death of his father. It shows the struggles he possibly had to overcome and gives you a glimpse into what his childhood was like in more depth that what was written in Mien Kampf.

Norman Mailer is a different writer than what I am used to. It could be the subject and that I couldn’t believe that Adolf was ever a sweet baby. But I guess we all start somewhere. I enjoyed all the little antidotes along the way as well as the idea that we aren’t in control of things. It really gave a different perspective than anything I have read on Hitler.

I didn’t have any favorite characters nor did I feel sorry for anyone. It was a well-written story with a lot of interesting characters. I didn’t know of much of it was true obviously since it was fiction. I give it a 3.5 out of 5 because it was good but there was one part of the story that made no sense what so ever. It kept me turning pages but not sure I would pick it up again.

I am off to read another romance. LOL


JCR said...

Yes, Mailer can be that kind of writer... I read "Oswald's Tale" a few years back and had the same impression... My most recent recommendation would be "The Year of Magical Thinking," by Joan Didion! Magical book indeed, sad but full of emotion that makes one feel alive! Run, don't walk, and get a copy :-)

Lover of Books said...

I'll keep that one in mind. I have a lot of books waiting to be read but will add that one to my list. :)