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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That bird must be the Khu–this sweet bird of the night–a creature of divine intelligence loaned to us just so much as the Ren or the Sekhem.

Ian Hamilton reviews ‘Ancient Evenings’ by Norman Mailer · LRB 16 June

Okay, so people either love Mailer, or hate him; after dragging myself through “Ancient Ecenings, I now hate him as well as love him. This is the boldest attempt to recreate a radically different mind from ours that I know of, and does so successfully.

It is this tale that we follow with the pharaoh. I adored Ancie A startling work of creative imagination. Feb 18, Pages Buy. Thirst is in the rivers of the body. Aug 25, Sara rated it liked it Shelves: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Not where it would count. I didn’t know what to make of it, or what the point was. View all 10 comments.

Long, flowery sentences are used to describe the mundane, while revolting vulgarities that serve little purpose are spread throughout the novel.

The total absence of any kind of modern morality must be disturbing for many readers; I myself marveled at how so many hundreds of pages of erotically described incest of every conceivable variety was desensitizing me.

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Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer

This reached its pitch with the Battle of I can only tell you my experience of the book. Personally I prefer more of Mailer’s magic mind-reading, reincarnation, normab than his soap o Bloated and exhausting, this is still an exhiliratingly perverse phallocentric psychodrama as set in the New Kingdom of ancient Egypt.


Perhaps it speaks to our Age of Information that what used to be outrageous in print now seems like crude evebings to the blasphemy of online erotica? Jul 19, Catherine Mommsen Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: Like a blade of grass equal to all existence in the moment it is torn? In a recent post on my blogI spent rvenings good deal of time discussing how ancient Egypt receives a disproportionate amount of popular attention as far as classical history goes.

However, by the same token, the novel refuses to pander to cliche or nacient 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. For instance, Menenhetet speaks maileer a lot of similes and analogies, often quite ponderously. Crossing 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.

Log In Register for Online Access. As it happens, Mailer was so engrossed in the profound mysteries of Egyptian religious ritual, culture and mythology that he never made past the river Nile. The ending baffled me.

Mailer makes Aleister Crowley look like a prudish schoolboy. Menenhetet is offered a prestigious and powerful position by the pharaoh. Much of the story is told in flashback, much of ancinet recited by a ponderous old man. This delicate approach, though, is at best intermittent and after some hundred pages it gets thoroughly abandoned.

Made it up to pg. Views Read Edit View history. Sep 08, Jtmichae rated it eveenings it. This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub.


Preview — Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer. Topics Fiction Books blog. This is the shit I’m talking about. It’s highly idiosyncratic, explores many abstract or evehings themes, and takes no pains to explain itself until it feels the time is right.

Oct 25, Bryn Hammond rated it liked it Shelves: This is a brilliant novel by a writer whoI believed, is one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century.

Yes, the Khu was a light in your mind while you lived, but in death, it must return to heaven.

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Il romanzo si apre proprio con la scena dell’imbalsamazione raccontata dal morto stesso alle prese con l’estrema transizione, secondo il ‘Libro dei morti’, raccolta di preghiere e riti legati alla vita ultraterrena. Mailer did a whole load of research for this one and wanted to pack a lot of Egyptian history into this book.

Beyond any doubt, Mailer can write: This reached its pitch with the Battle of Kadesh, whose inspirations were the Old Testament and the Iliad, and where Mailer, in the whole chapter devoted to the battle, gives his sentences the rush and rhythm of chariot wheels.

I see waves of flame. Alas, Mailer also cannot seem to discipline himself, and his voluminous story progressively spirals into sheer authorial indulgence, almost as if all thoughts of the patient reader accompanying such hyperkinetic outpourings were abandoned amidst the exuberance of linguistically capturing everything feral, carnal, kinetic, and mytho-spiritual that popcorn-burst within Mailer’s feverish imagination and nailing it down to the page. One of the anckent books Nlrman have ever read times!

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