Amid the cactus wilds some two hundred miles from Hollywood lies a privileged oasis called Desert D'Or. It is a place for starlets and would-be starlets, directors, studio execs, and the well-groomed lowlifes who cater to them. And, as imagined by Norman Mailer in this blistering classic of 1950s Hollywood, Desert D'Or is a moral proving ground, where men and women discover what they really want—and how far they are willing to go to get it. As Mailer traces their couplings and uncouplings, their uneasy flirtation with success and self-extinction, he creates a legendary portrait of America's machinery of desire.
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About the Author
Hometown:Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York, New York
Date of Birth:January 31, 1923
Date of Death:November 10, 2007
Place of Birth:Long Branch, New Jersey
Education:B.S., Harvard University, 1943; Sorbonne, Paris, 1947-48
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Deer Park was not at all what I expected, pleasantly surprised, yet I am biased to Mailer... He writes good and some of my friends have expressed their distaste... The novel is simply about a location in the deserk inhabited by the Hollywood elite in the communist days of 1950's. The style was practically indentical to Babary Shore which I also loved... There is little to say against Mailer if you are like me. A fan. I highly recommend this work of art.
From the very first written word to the final I could not put this book down. Mr. Mailer brings alive some of the most disgusting, disfunctional characters and yet turns them into the most intriguing characters I have ever met it my life. It takes the commonly used, mis-treated, and hard to explain word "Love" and proceeds to tear it apart, examine it, then leave it for the crows that must live outside of L.A. I am a fan of Norman Mailer's and this novel shows why.