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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,520 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norman Mailer Narrator: Harris Yulin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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No career in modern American letters is at once so brilliant, varied, and controversial as that of Norman Mailer. In a span of more than six decades, Mailer has searched into subjects ranging from World War II to Ancient Egypt, from the march on the Pentagon to Marilyn Monroe, from Henry Miller and Muhammad Ali to Jesus Christ. Now, in his first major work of fiction in more than a decade, The Castle in the Forest offers what may be Mailer’s consummate literary endeavor: he has set out to explore the evil of Adolf Hitler.

The narrator, a mysterious SS man in possession of some extraordinary secrets, takes the young Adolf from birth through his adolescence. En route, revealing portraits are offered of Hitler’s father and mother, and his sisters and brothers.

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 all of us. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novel sometimes feels like a psychoanalytic version of The Screwtape Letters, but Mailer arrives at a somber, compelling portrait of a monstrous soul.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Mailer maintains interest with glorious writing, fastidious detailing and research, and intriguing philosophical underpinnings about the order of Hell, Heaven, and Earth.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/14/2014

    " Gave up on this one half way through....too weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kent Newcome | 2/12/2014

    " Started reading this January 4, 2011. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mara Capio | 2/12/2014

    " This is the first book in a long time that I could not finish. The story sounded interesting, learning about Hitler's childhood. I was listening to the audio version and couldn't get past CD 4 of 15. The story was very slow, talking about who might have been his grandfather and possible incest in his family for the first 3 CDs and he is not even born yet. The narrator is the Devil, who went off on tangents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jon | 2/9/2014

    " From the moments the devilish narrator introduces himself to the his justification for his writing, Mailer's novel begs us to ask fascinating and impossible questions of the world, about how we interact with and understand it. Mailer's magic is his ability to get us to question character, both those in the book and those in our lives. "

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