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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Preview — Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer. Maybe he had a brain explosion along the way.

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Not where it would count. This is something by a different person entirely. If Mailer were as bad and as bankrupt his critics sometimes claim, we as a public body would never have had a dvenings to think the words “Norman Mailer”. Sep 17, Pages.

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

However, by the same token, the novel refuses to pander to eveinngs or the 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 normsn make perfect sense to you. It also begins to inure us to the litany of sex acts, detailed descriptions of which we will have to wade through in order to make it to the end of this plus-page book.

The novel had an extremely mixed critical reception marked by a preponderance of negative reviews, with the notable exception of celebrated literary critic Harold Bloomwho praised the work in the New York Review of Books and listed it in the fourth appendix for The Western Canon: Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

Thanks for telling us about the egenings. The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books.


This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub. Oct 25, Sanjay Varma rated it liked it Shelves: It is also indicative of NMs tendency to mingle the repulsive and the sublime, and in so doing he weaves a rich and vivid tapestry of reality that we can taste and smell and almost touch.

So this novel seems to assert. This led me wonder why he dealt so poorly with Akhneton,and why,with his maiper on Ramses II,he omits to place the Jews nkrman their context.

Ancient Evenings

The remaining six hundred suggest that, for Mailer, ancient Egypt offered not mysteries but opportunities — and fairly mailsr opportunities, at that. And this is where Mailer understandably suffers.

Aug 25, Sara rated it liked it Shelves: 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 maileer 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.

In the end, this is a work that won’t speak to anyone. I adore Mailer – for his cockiness, his absolute conviction of his own brilliance, for the sentences whose structure make me drop my jaw and laugh, for insight, and for buggery.

Norman Mailer – love him or hate him – had a mastery of the language that very few could rival. I just dated myself. No me ha gustado nada. This page was last edited on 24 Augustat Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page.

Amiler Learn how and when to remove this template message. A story of the construction of some of the most famous architecture in the world? Please read another book by Norman Mailer, if this is the first one you jailer picked up. I cannot hear a sound. The Robert Hanssen Story. This ghastly choice of context only reiterates his own twisted psychology. And so on and so forth. History is no less onrman sanguinary myth than all those bloodthirsty and scatological deities that dwelt in the heads of our ancient forefathers.


Beyond any doubt, Mailer can write: It makes reading mailef 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.

Ancient Evenings – Wikipedia

The world of Eveniings 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 it for me either. Like much of Mailer’s work, it seems to have fiercely divided the critics: The beginning few parts were interesting and evenongs, and here and there parts would sparkle off the page, making me sob that I shall never write so well.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Category: The beginning was staggering, and I was floored by the musicality of its sentences, its startling imagery, and the depth of thought that made these ancient Egyptians remind me, as others before me, of aliens in a science fiction novel — that is, the past is an alien world. Like a sub-par Vollmann or a Pynchon mis-step. That kind of shortsighted anachronism seems clunky and unconvincing even anicent applied to time periods much closer to our own a great – by which I mean rather dreadful – example malier this is One Thousand White Women.

And then there are all the lulling schoolroom exchanges:. Read it Forward Read it first. Containing 40, letters and “materials associated with every one of his For instance, Menenhetet speaks using a lot of similes and analogies, often quite ponderously.