Ancient Evenings By Norman Mailer is Kindle Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American
Ancient Evenings By Norman Mailer is Kindle Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.Along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, but which covers the essay to the nonfiction novel He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once In 1955, Mailer, together with Ed Fancher and Dan Wolf, first published The Village Voice, which began as an arts and politics oriented weekly newspaper initially distributed in Greenwich Village In 2005, he won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from The National Book Foundation.. 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 and his wife, Queen Nefertiti Menenhetet, their creature, lover, and victim and the gods and mortals that surround them in intimate and telepathic communion Mailer s reincarnated protagonist is carried through theNorman Mailer s dazzlingly rich, deeply evocative novel of ancient Egypt breathes life into the figures of a lost era the eighteenth dynasty Pharaoh Rameses and his wife, Queen Nefertiti Menenhetet, their creature, lover, and victim and the gods and mortals that surround them in intimate and telepathic communion Mailer s reincarnated protagonist is carried through the exquisite gardens of the royal harem, along the majestic flow of the Nile, and into the terrifying clash of battle An extraordinary work of inventiveness, Ancient Evenings lives on in the mind long after the last page has been turned.. The best Kindle Ancient Evenings Beyond any doubt, Mailer can write: witness the incredibly vivid, disorienting, existentially-inebriated explosiveness of a Nile-nourished soul's rupturing reincarnation within fleshly garb that opens Ancient Evenings. This was so well done that my hopes for the thickish remainder was nigh unbounded. 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 accompanying 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. As a significant number of my fellow reviewers have made note of, the amount 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. Oh-Sayh-Kann-Yu-Seeh's bung is flowering from sperm seed! Call the Nilotic plumber! 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. Rather, it's a rueful nod to the fact that Mailer's inability to restrain himself means not only that a large number of readers will never undertake to finish (or even begin) this novel, but that those with the fortitude to do so will have been cheated out of what should have proved a far more illuminating, rewarding, and challenging literary experience.