Norman Mailer (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) by Pamela Loos, Harold Bloom

By Pamela Loos, Harold Bloom

Essays of serious interpretation painting perspectives of Norman Mailer's paintings, together with of a hearth at the Moon, Barbary Shore, and hard men do not Dance..

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Working in this fashion, Aquarius surrounds the rock of NASA with an extensive context, verbal, human, cultural, and historical, and by bringing it into opposition with the poet puts it into the movement of a rudimentary plot. But the monolith itself remains as yet intact, and to extend and The Struggle of the Poetic and Scientific Myths in Of a Fire on the Moon 25 demonstrate the truth of his romantic view of things, Aquarius must somehow split it, break into its center. To do so he must probe until he finds within NASA the conflicts, paradoxes, ambiguities, and mysteries which the romantic mind considers essential to reality.

2. Yale University Press, 1980. RICHARD POIRIER In Pyramid and Palace U ntil its final revision, Ancient Evenings carried the subtitle “The Egyptian Novel”. It was a helpful hint that what was to follow was meant to be quite unlike the so-called “American novel” or the English, French, German or Russian novel. Ancient Evenings is indeed the strangest of Norman Mailer’s books, and its oddity does not in any important way have to do either with its Egyptian setting or with the exotic career—exotic even by ancient Egyptian standards—of Menenhetet, its protagonist-narrator whose four lives, including three reincarnations, span 180 years (1290 to 1100 BC) of the nineteenth and twentieth dynasties (1320 to 1121 BC).

Norman in Egypt 37 About him were all the plump eunuchs with their black muscles enriched by the air of their easy life. Thereby they were appealing to all—the hundred women and Menenhetet—attractions powerful to his senses. His loins ached, his throat was gorged, and his mouth was so hungry he would not look through their windows at the beerhouse these little queens were making. In the dark, like the horse that hears a murderous beast in the rustle of a leaf, he started at each breeze. At this hour, there were eunuchs everywhere in the gardens, fondling one another with their fingers and their mouths, giggling like children, and the flesh of Menenhetet was inflamed.

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