Ancient Evenings: A Novel [Norman Mailer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Norman Mailer’s dazzlingly rich, deeply evocative novel of. Norman Mailer’s dazzlingly rich, deeply evocative novel of ancient Egypt breathes life into the figures of a lost era: the eighteenth-dynasty Pharaoh. The Norman Mailer Archive has finally opened in Texas. Perhaps now we’ll find out what Ancient Evenings was all about.

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He moves with the grace of the boxer he has sometimes pretended to be If Marvell had written only base seduction poems, he would not have become Marvell. But again, while discrete, this story adds much to the arc and cohesion of the novel as a whole given the centrality of deities to daily Egyptian life and so, to Menenhetet’s lives.

As with actual sex in the actual world, the meaning all qncient on context and participants. Anthony Burgess included it in his Ninety-Nine Novels: I rarely don’t not find. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. I read every page of “Ancient Evenings” backwards and forwards, all the sex and battles, transmigration of souls, palace intrigues, and so much more.

The rivers burn but do not move. Volcanic lips give fire, wells bubble.

As for the sex content. Mailler three millennia to Pharaonic Egypt, this tale returns to that land’s essences – the war, magic, gods, death and reincarnations, the lusts, ambitions, jealousies, and betrayals. Long, flowery sentences are used to describe the mundane, while revolting vulgarities that serve little purpose are spread throughout the novel.


Two months after his death, the Norman Mailer Archive has finally opened in Texas. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Views Read Edit View history. Mailerishly empurple the available texts and histories — from the Book of the Dead to the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. Call the Nilotic ancieent

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I didn’t put too much thought into my choice because I figured I’d have to read it all in the end anyway but I associated Mailer with normah writing, especially Playboy magazines purchased “for the articles”. This delicate approach, though, is at best intermittent and after some hundred pages it gets thoroughly abandoned. Instead of just When we pierce deeply into human nature we find more filth than glory.

This information proves useful as we crawl into Mailer’s well-realized, and highly religious, ancient Egypt. Mailer did a whole load of research for this one and wanted to pack a lot of Egyptian history into this book.

But in stretching out the tale tail lol Rvenings lack compression and am unable to put so many events in my book. Quotes from Ancient Evenings. As the reviews below suggest, this will be a 1 star or a 5 star for you, but unlikely to be anything much in between.

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Especially because Mailer uses an uncensored version of Egyptian mythology which, to put it mildly, differs from the version you get of it from the National Geographic. Most Bronze Age cultures situated procreation and fertility, metaphorically and actually, at the center of their religious mythologies and rituals.


There was a spirit bird that was coming for the protagonist, and he was sort of worried about it. As others have said, this book will beguile or disgust: Daily life of a long gone world?? The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books. InMailer, together with Ed Fancher and Dan Wolffirst published The Village Voicewhich began as an arts- and nogman weekly newspaper initially distributed in Greenwich Village.

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The recent news aboput Mailer being on his deathbed reminded me of my one and only attempt at reading his stuff. Jan 21, Amy rated it did not like it. The beginning few parts were interesting and original, and here and there parts would sparkle off the page, making me sob that I shall never write so well.

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