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This essay offers a Jungian reading of Ancient Evenings. Inspiring it is the fact that Download book PDF · Norman Mailer's Later Fictions pp | Cite as . Ancient evenings. by: Mailer, Norman External-identifier: urn:acs6: ancientevening00mail:pdfec5df-4fa1ff8d8beb58e. Ancient Evenings, a seven act opera loosely based on Norman Mailer's Remaining true to the original theme of rebirth and reincarnation, Ancient Evenings.
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The early annoyances in the book -idioms like ''kiss My foot'' used minus irony as elevated utterance; seemingly gratuitous eruptions of late 20th-century colloquialism and so on - can be shrugged off. But from chapter to chapter episodes of pointless, painful, unintended hilarity flood ever more absurdly upon each other. Material in the Mel Brooks mode is repeatedly presented as though it were without comic dimension.
The sound of epic elevation time and again is drowned by a voice resembling Howard Cosell's: ''Behold, there was blood on my King's leg My Secret Name is Thigh of Isis I am the Rudder In My Name is Leg of the Nile.
The implication is that everything one ever wanted to know about Eastern sensuality can be found in the pages of Dr. Comfort, Henry Miller and Playboy. And, for a final epic note, we're offered portentous metaphors of human life as a tide-beaten boat, ''washed by the swells of time''- echoes of the concluding sentence of a book difficult to coerce into meaningful connection with XXth Dynasty Egypt: Scott Fitzgerald's ''The Great Gatsby.
The man we know. What is in this?
Why not? How dignify it if large risks aren't taken?
In other words, probably a social evening in Egypt The writer's ruling assumption has been that, regardless of subject or form, all his feeling and remembering, inventing and reporting, must be accompanied by critical activity. In ''The Armies of the Night'' the hero's contempt for others is set under examination - shown to be a feeling traceable not just to their fatuity and self-delusion but to the hero's own vanity, arrogance and snobbism. In ''The Executioner's Song'' the heroine, risking her life in her murderous mate's apartment to recover an Electrolux and attachments, is seen by herself as courageous, and seen by the reader, owing to the critical activity in progress, as someone perilously naive, tranced, victimized by commodity fetishization, and so on.
The surprising perspective - the leap offering instant release from bondage to cliche - is what we have come to expect in even the shortest piece from this pen. But that expectation is nowhere satisfied in ''Ancient Evenings. In a world in which the beautiful is ''decreed in the marketplace'' Ezra Pound's phrase , the jettisoning of selfcriticism in a widely publicized novel written under who knows what financial pressure can not seriously be regarded as mysterious.