Thursday, August 5, 2010
Has Anybody Read Norman Mailer's "Ancient Evenings"?
Has anybody read this book? I bought it a while back. According to the cover it is 'The National Bestseller'. Circa 1983. The above quote is part of an excerpt at the beginning that is attributed to W.B. Yeats in "Ideas of Good and Evil". It called to me so I bought it.
But daaaang. I read five or six chapters and still don't know who the mc is, whether he is dead or alive, and who all the people, dead and alive are that he keeps talking about.
If you've read it, should I pick it back up and slog on? Is Mr. Mailer going to make it worth my while? Or should I leave this on the dead pile?
This was taken at the top of the pass on Hwy 129. The Appalachian Trail crosses here, just 30 miles north of the southern terminus and a mere twenty-five miles from my cabin. This is my current favorite weekend jaunt.
We're going to 'raft' down the Chestatee River this Saturday. No whitewater, just a nice lazy float on a hot day.
Sweet William peeking through the log fence at Walasyi-Yi.
Black-Eyed Susans dancing on the side of the road, somewhere on my meanderings.