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Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer

And then I promptly began reading a novel by Norman Mailer set in ancient Egypt. I learned about Ancient Evenings and a number of other extremely interesting books from a post by Wilfried Houjebek on the norman mailer libros and worthwhile site SpaceCollective.

Houjebek describes it this way: Especially because Mailer uses an uncensored version of Egyptian mythology which, to put it mildly, differs from the norman mailer libros you get of it from the National Geographic.

The Egyptians practised sex magic with the stamina of a bonobo. Mailer makes Aleister Crowley look like a prudish schoolboy.

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This is the boldest attempt to recreate a radically different mind from norman mailer libros that I know of, and does so successfully. Science fiction has adopted Egypt as an aesthetic treasure norman mailer libros from which to draw tropes and visuals norman mailer libros like fantasy has used the Middle Agesbut fictive explorations of historical ancient Egypt remain scarce.

Ancient Evenings in this respect certainly provides a thrill on par with Apocalypto, Mel Gibson's cinematic rendering of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization. For reasons best known to the ,th author to set a novel in Victorian London, we rarely get to place ourselves imaginatively in certain more neglected places and periods.

It is a treat to go along with an author or filmmaker while they portray these lesser attended worlds and their inhabitants.

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To work, this kind of venture requires at least a gesture towards the detail and methodological sophistication of an adept historian. It is not sufficient to project one's modern sensibility into a premodern time period; neither is it useful to envision all precursors to our modernity as quainter, rubish versions of ourselves.

That kind of shortsighted anachronism seems clunky and unconvincing even norman mailer libros applied to time norman mailer libros much closer to our own a great - by which I mean rather dreadful - example of this is One Thousand White Women.


The author undertaking such a project ideally realizes that past cultures operated not just in different material worlds than norman mailer libros do, but within truly foreign norman mailer libros and cosmologies.

The cultural assumptions upon which they based their value systems, their ideas of self and of the world depart radically from our own.

When executed with sensitivity, such a project demands not merely sound research but a real shift of one's entire epistemological framework. I think Mailer understood this and attempted it sincerely. He not only spent a good deal of time researching the world norman mailer libros 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.

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It took Mailer 10 years to complete Ancient Evenings and, without being an expert on ancient Egyptian civilization, I can offer that norman mailer libros time I looked up a reference which seemed either farfetched or peculiarly well-imagined, a factual basis existed for it.

I have actually become so curious regarding the breadth of Mailer's research that I procured a couple of academic histories about ancient Egyptian society and culture.


Authenticity and historical imaginative responsibility aside, the book possesses other artistic merits. Mailer has given the novel a story-within-a-story narrative structure reminiscent of The Thousand-and-One Nights. As indicated above, we do begin with our protagonist Menenhetet's ka, or vital spark - that essence which distinguishes the living from the dead - as he awakens in an Egyptian necropolis and realizes he is dead but cannot remember who he was.

Slowly, Menenhetet's ka recalls himself and, soon, meets the ka of his namesake great-grandfather. The story moves across generations, telling the story of the elder Menenhetet's four previous lives, and involves tales of charioteers, concubines, and priests, embroiled in wars, palace intrigue, and religious rituals; and yet, norman mailer libros Mailer's careful emplotment and through the almost supernatural connection of his ancient Egyptians to each other and to their own history, the reader gleans a coherent narrative from the maze.

In contrast with The Thousand-and-One Nights, norman mailer libros story-within-a-story structure of Ancient Evenings supplies a feeling of unity rather than the Arabian tale's feeling of disjointed rabbit-holing.

But again, while discrete, this story adds much to the arc and cohesion of the novel as a whole given the centrality of deities to daily Egyptian life and so, to Menenhetet's lives.

The tale of Isis and Osiris introduces the reader to the main players in the Egyptian pantheon and also offers a good example of the gods' vacillating powers, aspects, and associations with one another.

This information proves useful as we crawl into Mailer's well-realized, and highly religious, ancient Egypt.

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It also begins to inure us to the litany of sex norman mailer libros, detailed descriptions of norman mailer libros we will have to wade through in order to make it to the end of this plus-page book.

Mailer does a reasonable job of linking sex to some sort of spiritual alchemy. Most Bronze Age cultures situated procreation and fertility, metaphorically and actually, at the center of their religious mythologies and rituals.