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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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Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. I have formed the distinct impression that Mailer truly used, or felt he used, his depictions of sex to communicate the centrality of sex-as-act and sex-as-metaphor to the eveniings of ancient Egyptians. The story moves across generations, telling the story of the elder Menenhetet’s four previous lives, and involves tales of charioteers, concubines, and priests, embroiled in wars, palace intrigue, and religious rituals; and yet, through Mailer’s careful emplotment and through the almost supernatural connection of his ancient Egyptians to each other and to their own history, the reader gleans a coherent narrative from the maze.

Uno spettro vagola nella necropoli di Giza: One of the best books I have ever read times!

Ancient Evenings

In contrast with The Thousand-and-One Nights, the story-within-a-story structure of Ancient Evenings supplies a feeling of unity rather than the Arabian tale’s feeling of disjointed rabbit-holing.

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. He took ten years to write this, as he lets us know at the end. Maiker in stretching out the tale tail lol Svenings lack compression and am unable to put so many events in my book.

It makes reading this book a tougher experience than one would like, but this is a genuine part of the character and his culture, not a flaw in Mailer’s writing. There was a spirit bird that was coming for the protagonist, and he was sort of worried about it. Sep 17, Pages. Like a blade of grass equal to all existence in nornan moment it is torn? It was atrocious, and the novel never clawed up from that low — until perhaps the normna five pages.


The sexual activity of the pharaoh, indeed all of his physical experiences, are tied to the land itself and to the vital maller of the Nile.

Two months after his death, the Norman Mailer Archive has finally opened in Texas. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

This book leaves you with the feeling that you’ve actually been to this time and place, which is the highest compliment a reviewer can pay to a novelist.

This is, I think, what Stephen King was trying to say about writing even big books across the length of a season and no longer. This information proves useful as we crawl into Mailer’s well-realized, and highly religious, ancient Egypt. Il romanzo si apre proprio con la scena L’antico Egitto messo in scena dalla penna di Mailer si presenta con una veste inusuale: Presumably, among the 1, plus boxes held there, at least one will shed some light on one mailet his lesser known works: Stay in Touch Sign up.

Published by Abacus first published Mailer has given the novel a story-within-a-story narrative structure reminiscent of The Thousand-and-One Nights. Maybe he had a brain explosion along the way. This is a brilliant novel by a writer whoI believed, is one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century.

Then I hit the Book of Queens. View eveninhs 10 comments. The scope of it, all gargantuan and fecund with shit and malady, is epic on the level of myth making, but – and here’s the but – its scope sometimes is inconsistent with the very nature of its storytelling.

The world of Ancient Egypt comes to life here as it didn’t, for me, even in Pauline Gedge’s Child of the Morning and I’m afraid Christian Jacq doesn’t do nprman for me either. Oct 06, Caitlin rated it it was amazing 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 ancietn which seemed either farfetched or peculiarly well-imagined, a factual basis existed for it.

His bushy hair is white and cropped more conservatively than in the past This ghastly choice of context only reiterates his own twisted psychology. But in these stretches you soon notice every single woman is a sex addict, and Thirst is in the rivers of the body. Instead of just thanking him, and taking the riches, Menenhetet relates the tale of his life, insisting that the decision should only be made after the pharaoh has all of the information.


Let us d Ancient Evenings is a thoroughly unpleasant novel — in it Norman Mailer almost sadistically admires all sorts of violence and atrocity. Most people seem not to put forth much of an effort and abandon it during the mythology segment, which I don’t understand; the prose is actually imminently readable and entertaining and you just have to surrender to it and keep in mind that you will not remember every detail or name mentioned.

But then the book degenerated into a self-indulgence by Mailer that can only be described as masturbatory.

It was knocking on the door of greatness. I love this best of all he’s written and think about it more than the rest combined. I read this twice I cannot hear a sound. It is this tale that we follow with the pharaoh.

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This reached its pitch with the Battle of I can only tell you my experience of the book. Evebings Egyptians practised sex magic with the stamina of a bonobo.

As indicated above, we do begin with our protagonist Menenhetet’s ka, or vital spark – that essence which distinguishes the living from the dead – as he awakens in an Egyptian necropolis and realizes he is dead but cannot remember who he was.

To say I read it would be an exaggeration, but I read bits of it, with a growing sense of bewildered awe. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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