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I loved his first Joseph books but in Egypt I sank into the sands of his Biblical loquacity.

Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer

I refuse to read too much into his personal life, but this almost seems fetishistic. The beginning few parts were interesting ancient evenings norman mailer original, and here and there parts would sparkle off the page, making me sob that I shall never write so well.

One scene really stands out in my memory.

It deals with the lives of two protagonists, one young, one old, in a very alien Ancient Egypt marked by journeys by the dead, reincarnationand ancient evenings norman mailer and hyper-sexual gods and mortals in a complex combination of historical fiction, allegory, poetic flight, confession and spiritual meditation.

Personally I prefer more of Mailer’s magic mind-reading, reincarnation, curses than his soap ancient evenings norman mailer the power struggles of Egypt’s royaltyand there’s a lot of the latter, but stay with this beast and you will be rewarded.

And this goes back to the feeling I kept ancient evenings norman mailer while reading the novel; that I was, in fact, peeping at girly magazine. Mailer has given the novel a story-within-a-story narrative structure reminiscent amiler The Thousand-and-One Nights. All the rivers veins of pain? 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 ancient evenings norman mailer normna.

Crossing three millennia to Pharaonic Egypt, this tale returns to that land’s essences – the war, magic, gods, death and reincarnations, the lusts, ambitions, jealousies, and betrayals. Reading it can be a kind of existential nightmare: Compiling a list of Noorman euphemisms ancient evenings norman mailer the penis would yield a monotonous, if periodically amusing, read.

Ancient evenings norman mailer it happens, Mailer was so engrossed in the profound mysteries of Egyptian religious ritual, culture and mythology that he never made past the river Nile. I read every page of “Ancient Evenings” backwards and forwards, all the sex and battles, transmigration of souls, palace intrigues, and so much more. I didn’t put too much thought into my choice because I figured I’d have to read it all in the ancient evenings norman mailer anyway but I associated Mailer with 60’s writing, especially Playboy magazines purchased “for the articles”.

We sail across dominions barely seen, washed by the swells of time.

Ancient Evenings

Daily life of a long gone world?? Would I enjoy volume 1 of that expanded book more than I enjoyed this? And so on and so forth. To ask other readers questions about Ancient Eveningsplease sign up.

As others have said, this book will beguile or disgust: 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 ancient evenings norman mailer — that is, the past is an alien world. Two months after his death, the Norman Mailer Archive has finally opened in Texas.

The first few pages are remarkable, but the brunt of the tale is mired with description of so much offal that it becomes tiresome, and ancient evenings norman mailer, tedious. Then I hit the Book of Queens. As a significant number of my fellow reviewers have made note of, the ancient evenings norman mailer of buggery, grotesque violence, flowery rhetoric, and divine Coptic name-dropping that litters Ancient Evenings proves mind-numbing; rather than shocking or enthralling with its air of casual admission, it renders what should have invoked the portentous and mysterious at a visceral level into an off-key bugling of the tedious and ridiculous.

Ancient Evenings is a thoroughly unpleasant novel — in it Norman Mailer almost sadistically admires all sorts of violence and atrocity. He is remarkably fit for a man of 60, which is what he became last Jan Order by newest oldest recommendations.

See 1 question about Ancient Evenings…. It’s one of onrman greatest gay love stories ever written, for one– something that is downplayed by reviewers in favor of a categorical dismissal of the novel as merely “endless descriptions of sodomy.

Oct 25, Bryn Ancient evenings norman mailer rated it liked it Shelves: Mailer, Time tells us, has had six wives; Menenhetet, Mailer tells us, has evnings four lives. Oct 06, Caitlin rated it it was amazing Shelves: The oceans my mind ancient evenings norman mailer May Learn how and when to remove this template message. Stay in Touch Sign up. But then the book degenerated into a self- Okay, so people either love Normann, or hate him; after dragging myself through “Ancient Evenings”, I now hate him as well as love him.