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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This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub. The cultural assumptions upon which they based their value systems, their ideas of self and of the world depart radically from our own.

This is, I think, what Stephen King was trying to say about writing even big books across the mwiler of a season and no longer. The Western Landsacknowledgements section.

Oct 18, Holly rated it did not like it Shelves: Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book. This is an odd one. 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.

Ancient Evenings

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.


Jan 21, Amy rated it did not like it. Bloated and exhausting, this is still an exhiliratingly perverse phallocentric psychodrama as set in the New Kingdom of ancient Egypt. It is a treat to go along with an author or filmmaker while they portray these lesser attended worlds and their inhabitants.

Norman Mailer – love him or hate him – had a mastery of the language that very few could rival. More about Norman Mailer. Quotes from Ancient Evenings.

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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Category: As 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.

Ancient Evenings in this respect certainly provides a thrill on par with Apocalypto, Mel Gibson’s cinematic rendering of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization.

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I respected The Naked and the Dead very much. Mailer, Time tells us, has had six wives; Menenhetet, Mailer tells us, has had four lives. You wait with baited breath to see what tale he will write down. Containing 40, letters and “materials associated with every one of his Volcanic lips give fire, wells bubble.


May Learn how and when to remove this template message. Oct 25, Bryn Hammond rated it liked it Shelves: It took Mailer 10 years to complete Ancient Evenings and, without being an expert on ancient Egyptian civilization, I can offer that every time I looked up a reference which seemed either farfetched or peculiarly well-imagined, a factual basis existed for it.

So this novel seems to assert. I adored Ancie A startling work of creative imagination. It’s a battle in which the Egyptian army defeats the Abyssinians I think and afterward proceeds to rape all the defeated soldiers.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In the end, reading through this piecemeal has helped to appreciate – and probably mystify normman the book a bit better. Thus, Mailer has been opportunistic and eclectic, taking what comes to hand—no matter whether it is Marilyn Monroe or a moon shot—and turning it toward his sensibility. If pain is fundament, then a blade of grass can know all there is.