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Ancient Evenings
Ancient Evenings
Author: Norman Mailer
ISBN: 55200
Pages: 688
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Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Book Type: Hardcover
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THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL, July 6, 2003
Reviewer: Donald A. Newlove (Greenwich Village)

I read this the first week it came out, long ago, and thought it the Great American Novel, despite its being set in Egypt. Why so grand an opinion? Because the writing, especially the set-pieces about mummification and a trip up the Nile, as well as others, were better written than any passages of equal length by any American author I'd ever read. RAINTREE COUNTY sets out to be the Great Amrican Novel but, as much as I enjoyed it when I was twenty, its lyricism falls short of Mailer's. The trip up the Nile is equaled only by Twain's Mississippi, Melville's Three-Day Chase at the end of MOBY DICK, and Hemingway's description of the deep waters Santiago fishes in in THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. I found Mailer's characters, even the walkons, more well-rounded and weighted than any by the whole pantheon of classic American writers. Melville, Twain, Thomas Wolfe, Dreiser, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Bellow, Updike, none of them has created Tolstoyan characters with feet as fully plantd on the page as Mailer's Egyptians. Nor has Mailer ever again matched the exquisite bath of light in which he washes these pages.
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Norman Mailer reveals the beauty and brutality of ancient Egypt. Very long for my taste but has a bit of humor that makes it bearable.
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Ancient Egypt and weird happenings.
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Beautiful imagery, a story I have read multiple times and never tire of.
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