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Welcome sign in sign up. Our most conspicuous literary energy has generated its weirdest text, a book that defies usual aesthetic standards, even as it is beyond any conventional idea of good and evil.

But Mailer has gone back to the ancient evenings of the Egyptians in order to find the religious meaning of death, sex, and reincarnation, using an outrageous literalism, not metaphor. Paranoia, in both these American amalgams of Prometheus and Narcissus, becomes a climate. Ancient Evenings goes on for seven hundred large pages, yet gives every sign of truncation, as though its present form were merely its despair of finding its proper shape.

The book could be half again as long, but no reader will wish it so. The song of Joseph is good, solid work. Mailer has given Ancient Evenings a decade, and it is wild, speculative work, but hard work nevertheless. Its quality is not durable, and perhaps does not attempt to be.

Mailer is desperately trying to save our souls as D. An attentive reader ought to bring a respectful wariness to such fictions for they cannot be accepted or dismissed, even when they demand more of the reader than they can give. Mailer wishes to make his serious readers into religious vitalists, even as Lawrence sought to renew our original relationship both to the sun and to a visionary origin beyond the natural sun.

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Catch of the day: Norman Mailer's worst book

HERE it is at last, morethan a decade in the making, the subject of ceaseless speculation while still a work in progress, billed by the publishers as a ''landmark in American letters'': Norman Mailer's long-awaited ''Egyptian novel. The most recent compliment came from Mailer's alma mater, Harvard; usually reserved in its relations with famous sons and daughters, the university put his photograph on the cover of its alumni magazine this spring and filled pages with an interview probing the meanings of ''Ancient Evenings. For a novel set in Egypt before the birth of Christ to rouse levels of excitement on the order of those inspired by ''Ancient Evenings'' is astonishing. Not more astonishing, though, I found, than the excitement stirred by the book's opening chapters - an excitement unrelated to hype. Swiftly ''Ancient Evenings'' pulls its reader inside a consciousness different from any hitherto met in fiction. A soul or body entombed is struggling to burst free, desperate not alone for light and air but for prayer and story - promised comforters that have been treacherously withheld or stolen.

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ANCIENT EVENINGS

Welcome sign in sign up. Our most conspicuous literary energy has generated its weirdest text, a book that defies usual aesthetic standards, even as it is beyond any conventional idea of good and evil. But Mailer has gone back to the ancient evenings of the Egyptians in order to find the religious meaning of death, sex, and reincarnation, using an outrageous literalism, not metaphor. Paranoia, in both these American amalgams of Prometheus and Narcissus, becomes a climate. Ancient Evenings goes on for seven hundred large pages, yet gives every sign of truncation, as though its present form were merely its despair of finding its proper shape.

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NORMAN MAILER'S EGYPTIAN NOVEL

Ancient Evenings is a historical novel by American author Norman Mailer. Set in ancient Egypt and dealing with the lives of the characters Menenhetet One and Meni, the novel received mixed reviews. Reviewers noted the historical research that went into writing it and considered Mailer successful at conveying the nature of ancient Egyptian life. However, they also criticized the novel's narration and questioned its literary merit. Ancient Evenings has been compared to the work of the poet James Merrill and the novelist Thomas Pynchon , as well as to Mailer's novel Harlot's Ghost Some have suggested that its opening passage is its strongest part.

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