A reread of one of my favorite novels. It is sexist, homophobic and unbelievably dirty but also very entertaining and hilarious.
Think about an acclaimed writer and public intellectual taking on the crime fiction genre. Mailer had listed The Postman Always Rings Twice as one of the five best American novels of the 20th century. He had also liked The Friends of Eddie Coyle. With Tough Guys Do not Dance, Mailer bestows the genre with his grandness, his ideas, his perversions and his intellectual pollution. We get an awesome and dirty crime fiction novel of place (it is set in the seaside town of Provincetown) with a preposterous plot filled with murderous characters involved in orgiastic relationships.
A chain smoking alcoholic writer suspects that he might have murdered a few people after he wakes up from a drinking binge. When he finds the decapitated heads (!) Of his wife and another woman inside the burrow on his marijuana patch, I decide to find out what is going on.
There are not one, but three femme fatales. There are two of the most hilariously over the top badass characters that most crime fiction and movie writers wished they could create. And a couple of fake gays (Mailer did not think much of homosexuals) one of whom is a villain. Of course, they are all just mouthpieces for Norman Mailer to express his ideas. Every single one of them. Including the half-Irish half Jewish hero Tim Madden - the book's narrator who often goes off on a tangent with his thoughts and ideas. Fans of crime fiction looking for a tight little novel should avoid this. But Mailer created something truly unique and also stretched the boundaries of crime fiction genre.
I thought I'd gather some of the memorable quotes from this novel in one place:
"Certain dames ought to wear a T-shirt that says: 'Hang around.' 'll make a cocksucker out of you.' "
"You're an old-line fanatic." You'd put all the fagots in concentration camps including your own if they're ever slipped in. Just cause you were lucky enough to be born with tiger's balls. "
"I think about fagots and you know what I believe?" "Half of them, it's brave." "For the wimps, it takes more guts to be queer than not. who's too timid to be a dyke and they both become psychologists and raise whiz kids to play electronic games Turn queer, I say, if you're a wimp. "You were supposed to be a man, Tim. You came from me."
"Schizophrenics in looney bins only get cancer half as often as the average population. I figure it this way: either your body goes crazy, or your mind. Cancer is the cure for schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is the cure for cancer. Most people do not know how tough it is out there. I was brought up to know. I got no excuse. "
" How many times over these last few years have I got to the edge of battering Patty Lareine with my bare hands? And each time I resisted the impulse, had not a sense of
I've been living in a harsh environment I've been living in a harsh environment for a long time. the first switch from being thrown? "
" When I started my first job as a bartender, I had given myself a schedule. " , on the streets, it's Peeping Toms from twelve AM to one AM, fires from one to two, stickups two to three, bar fights three to four, suicides four to five, and auto accidents from five AM to six AM " I had kept it in my head like a typed schedule. It had proved useful. "
"No cop likes to work with a fellow professional who makes him uneasy. You can not give orders that are resented, or you make an enemy. "So when they cops they have to put up with a crazy one, they do not try to fire him, they fob him off." Make him Head-of-the-Universe in Twin Acres, Montana.More news: DIY Ideas and Tricks for Reusing Concrete Blocks
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"If you want to find true lack of compassion, give me a good Christian every time." < / p>
"I always thought," I said, "that a man becomes a cop to be shielded from his own criminality."
I do not sleep well at night if I have not gotten my second bang in. I have two sides to one's nature. "
" I glared at him. When we looked at it, I felt like a small craft cutting too near the bow of a ship. "
" Such prodigies of will not be easy to watch as they came apart now. Was this how a man looked just before he had a stroke? "
" With anger like ours, murder-most terrifying to say-could prove the cure for all the rest. p> "Call it a question of Comparative Fellatio, dear heart. You, Madeleine, used to take a cock into your mouth with a, or a sweet groan, as if hell were impending over this. And Patty Lareine was a cheerleader and ready to gobble you up.Albeit with innate skill.It came down to whether you wished your lady to be demure or insatiable.I chose Patty Lareine.She was as insatiable as good old America, and I wanted my country on my cock. "
"There was no other town like it. If you were sensitive to crowds, you might expire in summer from human propinquity. dread during the long winter. "
"All my life, I would remind you, I've been trying to regain property rights to my rectum." < / p>
"During Colonial times, there had been a gallows at a clearing in these woods, and through the drizzle, every overhanging branch looked to have a dangling from it."
"I One of the causes of cancer, says the choipy boids, is a harsh environment. "