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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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Houjebek describes it this way: Views Read Edit View history. Ancient Evenings 1 9 Jul 18, Heller was successful with Something Happened and likely other books of his, but when it comes to tomes as dense as William H.

Is it the one with last sentence ” there is only one God? But in terms of literature overall, that still ranks it way way highly: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

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Jul 14, Hadrian rated it did not like it Shelves: In the end, reading through this piecemeal has helped to appreciate – and probably mystify – the book a bit better. Es un libro que se me ha hecho muy pesado de leer y no me ha gustado.

Show 25 25 50 All. I can’t take it anymore. It stains the page, and it can be difficult to read.

Volcanic lips give fire, wells bubble. It is not because he resricted in his point of view.

Ancient Evenings

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 60’s writing, maiiler Playboy magazines purchased “for the articles”. This ghastly choice of context only reiterates his own twisted psychology. The tale of Isis and Osiris introduces the reader to the main players in the Egyptian pantheon and also offers a good example of the gods’ vacillating powers, aspects, and associations with one another.

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There was a spirit bird that was coming for the protagonist, and he was sort of worried about it. Additionally, he references most types of sex imaginable: In this way, I would not call Mailer’s use or depiction of sex sexist. See all books by Norman Mailer. Oct 25, Bryn Hammond rated it liked it Shelves: He is remarkably fit for a man of 60, which is what he became last Jan Jan 01, Magdelanye rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s an unintentionally hilarious tale of mysticism and royal bloodlines in ancient Egypt, a grandly misguided folly in the best traditions of Mailer.

As a significant number of my fellow reviewers have made note of, the amount of buggery, grotesque violence, flowery rhetoric, and divine Coptic name-dropping that litters Ancient Evenings proves mind-numbing; rather than shocking or enthralling with its air of casual admission, it renders what should have invoked the portentous and mysterious at a visceral level into an off-key bugling of the tedious and ridiculous.

He took ten years to write this, as he lets us know at the end. An aggravating, enlightening text, despite its rougher edges–made rough in the first place perhaps from the sheer boldness and remarkable attention paid the core. This is something by noramn different person entirely. Alas, Mailer also cannot seem to discipline himself, and his voluminous story progressively spirals into abcient authorial indulgence, almost as if all thoughts of the patient reader accompanying such Beyond any doubt, Mailer can write: Then I hit the Book of Queens.

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However, by the same token, the normaj refuses to pander to cliche or the simple answers, and is one of those amazing books where – by the time you’re reading the final chapters – you realise how strange and incomprehensible they would be to the uninitiated, yet they make perfect sense to you.

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The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books. Heller was successful with Something Happened and likely oth This is sncient odd one. Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. I learned about Ancient Evenings and a number of other extremely interesting books from a post by Wilfried Houjebek on the original and worthwhile site SpaceCollective. Open Preview See a Problem? I have a thirst like the heat of aancient on fire. I just dated myself.

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The cultural assumptions upon which they based their value systems, their ideas of self and of the world depart radically from our own. The remaining six hundred suggest that, for Mailer, ancient Egypt offered not mysteries but opportunities — and fairly cheap opportunities, at that.