An American Dream-Scene: Inside an Army Tent in Vietnam
DATE OF REVIEW - 3/22/1965
AN AMERICAN DREAM By Norman Mailer Publisher - Dial Press, 1965
SCENE: Inside an Army Tent in
Vietnam. Tent is lit by a gasoline lantern. (First) Soldier is sitting on Cot, writing letter. (Second) Soldier enters tent & sits on another cot, Reads An American Dream for a minute, then speaks. (First soldier looks old enough to have children. Second soldier can be younger.)
2nd Soldier: "Who you writing to?" 1st Soldier: "Judy and the kids. Watcha reading?" 2nd Soldier: "New novel by Norman Mailer, the guy that wrote The Naked and the Dead. You read that?" 1st Soldier: "I read it twice. Good book. Old Mailer knew the the army all right. This new thing any good?" 2nd Soldier: "I don't know for sure. I'm about halfway through it, and I can't figure out what he's trying to say 1st Soldier: "What's he call it? Is it as rugged as The Naked and the Dead?"
2nd Solder holds book up so first soldier can see 2nd Soldier: "Dad you know it. It's called An American Dream, cover and camera can show it.