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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I suggest, only a man would imagine a woman would build a temple with nothing but cocks. But in terms of literature overall, that still ranks it way way highly: Retrieved from ” https: Return to Book Page.

Ancient Evenings

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I cannot hear a sound. It is this tale that we follow with the pharaoh. Read it Forward Read it first. Not only is that disrespectful to Egyptians, but obscene to people who care about mythology. Especially because Mailer uses an uncensored version of Egyptian mythology which, to put it mildly, differs from the version you get of it from the National Geographic.

It was knocking on the door of greatness.

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This book made me feel like a kid again – needing to turn one more page. Perhaps it speaks to our Age of Information that what used to be outrageous in print now seems like crude exercise to the blasphemy of online erotica? Mailer makes Aleister Crowley look like a prudish schoolboy. The majority of the book concerns the reign of Ramesses IIapproximately years before the night of the narrative; the Battle of Kadesh BCE is in turn the central event of this sub-narrative.


It’s highly idiosyncratic, explores many abstract or challenging themes, and takes no pains to explain itself until it feels the time is right.

Mailer’s sex scenes tend to punctuate if not always further the plot. I find the omnipresence of phallic symbols as fertility symbols very believable, but I assume Egyptians would know and employ other symbols as well and that female symbols normsn sexual power might also engage their sexuality. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

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The rivers burn but do not move. But in stretching kailer the tale tail lol I lack compression and am unable to put so many events in my book. Then I hit the Book of Queens.

He not only spent a good deal of time researching the world in which he set evenints 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.

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.

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Two months after his death, the Norman Mailer Archive has finally opened in Texas. I read every page of “Ancient Evenings” backwards and forwards, all the sex and battles, transmigration of souls, palace intrigues, anciet so much more.

The reader wallows in the scope, depth, the sheer magnitude and—yes—the fertility of his imagination. Science fiction has adopted Egypt as an aesthetic treasure trove from which to draw tropes and visuals much like fantasy has used the Middle Agesbut fictive explorations of historical ancient Egypt remain scarce.


So this novel seems to assert. I am, however, tempted to call plenty of it juvenile. Mailer’s ability to tell those lecherous tales while rarely coming across as just a perv. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Apr 09, Savannah rated it did not like it. Oh, what the fuck, Norman. This reached its pitch with the Battle of I can only tell you my experience of the book.

As with actual sex in the actual world, the meaning all depends on context and participants. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Ancient Evenings in this respect certainly provides a thrill on par with Apocalypto, Mel Gibson’s cinematic rendering of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization. There is also one final incest shocker in the last ten pages, as unbelievable as that sounds– after pages of incest it still serves as an effective twist.

To say I read it would be an exaggeration, but I read bits of it, with a growing sense of bewildered awe. 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 spirituality of ancient Egyptians.

However, this means compromising a lot on putting the reader into a scene. I had already noticed that he never has women raped. View all 10 comments.