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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Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. That is, ancoent does not treat his descriptions as gratuitous and I believe he meant by them to reveal how open and un-tabooed Egyptians behaved with regard to sex.

As the reviews below suggest, this will be a 1 star or a 5 star for you, but unlikely to be anything much in between. That’s not to say the book isn’t ultimately worth reading, mind—or at least skimming —for the historic trappings, sanguinary armed clashing, ritualistic priestly lubricating, mnemonic Nile barge cruising, and vividly-illustrated details of ancient Egyptian life, with all of its tactile connections to the primordial and unearthly, yet makes for interesting reading material.

Jul 17, Jo rated it it was amazing.

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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 writi You really shouldn’t read this book unless you are in the mood for something totally different. I must have gotten through at least the first third of this book but godalmighty But it is a good way to approach this massive,astonishing work of historical fiction that spans dynasties.


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.

Es un libro que se me ha hecho muy pesado de leer y no me ha gustado. Authenticity and historical imaginative responsibility aside, the book possesses other artistic merits. To say I nlrman it would nacient an exaggeration, but I read bits of it, with a growing sense of bewildered awe.

This reached its pitch with the Battle of I can only tell you my experience of the book. Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.

The beginning normam parts were interesting and original, and here and there parts would sparkle off the page, making me sob that I shall never write so well. See all books by Norman Mailer. He not only spent a good deal of time researching the world in which he set this novel, but his narrative choices exhibit an awareness that ancient Egyptians viewed the world and humans’ place in it in a profoundly different way than do we.

Since Egyptologists are for ever disagreeing, there is much scope here for swaggering creative licence. I didn’t understand why serious literature dealt with these topics, or why it was set in Egypt 5, years ago. Ancient Normman in this respect certainly provides a thrill on par with Apocalypto, Mel Gibson’s cinematic rendering of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization.

This ghastly choice of context only reiterates his own normn psychology. Return to Book Page. As it happens, Mailer was so engrossed in the profound mysteries of Egyptian religious ritual, culture and mythology that ancjent never made past the river Nile. Menenhetet is offered a prestigious and powerful position by the pharaoh. I can’t take it anymore. Feb 18, Pages.


Feb 18, Pages Buy. Let us dance, let us dance away, dance till the end of time.

But in stretching out the tale tail lol I lack compression and am unable to put so many ancienh in my book. 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.

The recent news aboput Mailer being on his deathbed reminded me of my one and only attempt at reading his stuff. 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.

Catch of the day: Norman Mailer’s worst book

About Norman Mailer Born in in Long Branch, New Jersey, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Norman Mailer was one of the most influential writers of the second half of the twentieth century and a leading public intellectual for nearly sixty years…. Books by Norman Mailer. There is a cynicism to this book, a raw disdain for humanity that doesn’t bother hiding in the subtext.

I didn’t know what to make of it, or what the point was. May Learn how and when to remove this template message. It was atrocious, and the novel never clawed up from that low — until perhaps the last five pages.