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 Rameses. 10 Apr ANCIENT EVENINGS By Norman Mailer pp. Boston:Little, Brown & Co. HERE it is at last, morethan a decade in the making, the subject of.

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Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer

Evwnings reader wallows in the scope, depth, the sheer magnitude and—yes—the fertility of his imagination. Stay in Touch Sign up. Not until Ancient Evenings, written with much deliberation during a period of approximately ten yearshas he dared to call one of his works his magnum opus.

There is a cynicism to this book, a raw disdain for humanity that doesn’t bother hiding in the subtext.

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Ancient Evenings is a summing-up and a testament wherein Mailer appears to have concentrated his whole will on expressing in their entirety the themes implicit in his career. More about Norman Mailer.


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InMailer, together with Ed Fancher and Dan Wolffirst published The Village Voice ancint, which began as an arts- and politics-oriented weekly newspaper initially distributed in Greenwich Village.

Aside from that, I’ve always had a fascination for the mythology and history of Ancient Egypt, and it takes special effort to make this seem boring. Oh, what the fuck, Norman.

Not as sharp or original nacient Mailer’s fiction and non-fiction of the 60s, it manages to hit some heights amidst its plus pages: Also by Norman Mailer. History is no less a sanguinary myth than all those bloodthirsty and scatological deities that dwelt in the heads of our ancient forefathers.

Volcanic lips give fire, wells bubble. Dear Penthouse, he scrawls in a wavy line birds and eyes performing improbable sexual gymnastics, I never thought it would happen The ancient stars shine down on the newly built pyramids. Quotes from Ancient Evenings. Mar 02, Richard Beasley added it. Okay, so people either love Mailer, or hate him; after dragging myself through “Ancient Evenings”, I now hate him as well as kailer him.

So I accept this feeling as an inevitability of the project. The total absence of any kind of modern morality must be disturbing for msiler readers; I myself marveled at how so many hundreds of pages of erotically described incest of every conceivable variety was desensitizing me. One of the best books I have ever read times!

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Paperbackpages. Mailer once remarked that his intention with writing Ancient Evenings was to compose a long sequence of novels telling the history of the Jewish people through the experience of one family, beginning in Ancient Egypt before the arrival of Christ, onward through time past various diasporaspersecutions, genocides, successes and setbacks, with the concluding edition of this fictional saga being somewhere in the futurein outer space, with the eyes of the protagonist trained outwards still.


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. That last assertion is a debate that won’t be resolved here, but I do encourage anyone with a taste for ambitious for historical fiction with a uniquely skewed sense of the supernatural to read this book. And so on and so forth.

It’s one of the greatest gay love stories ever written, for one– something that is downplayed by reviewers in favor of a categorical dismissal of the novel as merely “endless descriptions of sodomy. But then the book degenerated into a self- Okay, so people either love Mailer, or hate him; after dragging myself through “Ancient Evenings”, I now hate him as well as love him. The oceans my mind awash? Past and future come together on thunderheads and our dead hearts live with lightning in the wounds of the Gods.

Instead of just When we pierce deeply into human nature we find more filth than glory. This book leaves you with the feeling anxient you’ve actually been to this time and place, which is the highest compliment a reviewer can pay to a novelist.