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  • Nightwood
  • Djuna Barnes
  • English
  • 14 March 2018
  • 9780571235285

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  1. says:

    Nightwood is the sound of hearts breaking written on the page spread out for all to see five lives five people eviscerated and eviscer

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    ”’You know what man really desires?’ inuired the doctor grinning into the immobile face of the Baron ‘One of two things to find someone who is so stupid that he can lie to her or to love someone so much that she can lie to him’” Bar

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    Rating 175 of fiveThe Publisher Says Nightwood Djuna Barnes' strange and sinuous tour de force belongs to that small class

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    From the start an overwhelming sense of dread and despair pervades Nightwood Barnes alternates between entrancing readers

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    Passing in ParisTo Pass; verb intransitive to be accepted as being something that you are not esp something better or att

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    The novel that almost ended my book club We'd previously read work by Robert Coover Anne Carson and Ben Marcus Cormac McCarthy's Suttree and The Story of O But it was Nightwood that most of the usually intrepid group didn't bother to finish a few unwilling to even venture past the first chapter Bitter complaints of overly baroue

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    499995It is wise of me to mention that from here on out I have no idea what I'm talking about Which admittedly is the usual truth of the matter concerning these reviews but this book in particular makes me give a damn about how much knowledge did not or has not yet trickled down and damned up in my mind Not enough to get mad over or perhaps rather not the right type No this is a shaft of light breaking into cou

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    I am a fan of experimental literature since first experiencing the fun rides I got from Postmodernist novels of Barth Vonnegut and Pynchon in my college days in the early 70s I recently set out to give myself a dose of ten radical novels ranging from Woolf’s first exploration of Modernist forms in “The Voyage Out” 1915 to a recent example of the “new weird” Nell Zink’s “The Wallcreeper” 2014 A

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    Many of the reviews of Nightwood on this website seem to reflect the same sentiment 'how do I even review this?' I often think this is a bit of a cop out review but in the case of Djuna Barnes' Modernist novel from 1936 utter disorientation seems to be the most fitting responseA novel generally follows a basic plot with so

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    I still see far too freuently folks adding the Truncated Nightwood to their reading The one slashed up by Eliot in order to get it past the Uptight Folks If you want Barnes as Barnes wrote herself you'll have to do better than a slim cheap pb even if it is a New Directions And it's easy enough to do with this beautiful OUT OF PRINT Dalkey ed by Cheryl J PlumbIf you're interested in the controversies about BAN'd Books an

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Nightwood

Aris Berlin and Vienna a world in which the boundaries of class religion and sexuality are bold but surprisingly porous The outsized characters who inhabit this world are some of the most memorable in all of fiction Barnes' depiction of these characters and their relationships Nora says A man is another person a woman is yourself caught as you turn in panic; on her mouth you kiss your own has made the novel a landmark of feminist and lesbian litera. From the start an overwhelming sense of dread and despair pervades Nightwood Barnes alternates between entrancing readers with the novel s ethereal prose and jerking them awake with moments of unspeakable torment In spite of the pain that structures the novel though the character of the fake Doctor provides much needed comic relief in each of Nightwood s eight short sections Fabricate the boundaries of class religion and sexuality are bold but surprisingly porous The outsized characters who inhabit First & Then this world are some of Ella Puede! these characters and Newlyweds Anal Lessons their relationships Nora says A man is another person a woman is yourself caught as you The Millionairess turn in panic; on her mouth you kiss your own has made Elements of the Writing Craft the novel a landmark of feminist and lesbian litera. From Me Tawk Funny the start an overwhelming sense of dread and despair pervades Nightwood Barnes alternates between entrancing readers with Judgment Day them awake with moments of unspeakable Bumperhead torment In spite of The Wondrous And True Story Of Christmas the pain The Women on the Island that structures Digital Painting, 37 Intermediate Tricks and Techniques the novel How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal though Me So Pretty! (Pretty Freekin Scary, the fake Doctor provides much needed comic relief in each of Nightwood s eight short sections

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Barnes told a friend that Nightwood was written with her own blood 'while it was still running' That flowing wound was the breakup of an eight year relationship with the love of her lifeNightwood Djuna Barnes' strange and sinuous tour de force belongs to that small class of books that somehow reflect a time or an epoch TLS That time is the period between the two World Wars and Barnes' novel unfolds in the decadent shadows of Europe's great cities P. Rating 175 of fiveThe Publisher Says Nightwood Djuna Barnes strange and sinuous tour de force belongs to that small class of books that somehow reflect a time or an epoch TLS That time is the period between the two World Wars and Barnes novel unfolds in the decadent shadows of Europe s great cities Paris Berlin and Vienna a world in which the boundaries of class religion and sexuality are bold but surprisingly porous The outsized characters who inhabit this world are some of the most memorable in all of fiction there is Guido Volkbein the Wandering Jew and son of a self proclaimed baron Robin Vote the American expatriate who marries him and then engages in a series of affairs first with Nora Flood and then with Jenny Petherbridge driving all of her lovers to distraction with her passion for wandering alone in the night and there is Dr Matthew Mighty Grain of Salt Dante O Connor a transvestite and ostensible gynecologist whose digressive speeches brim with fury keen insights and surprising allusions Barnes depiction of these characters and their relationships Nora says A man is another person a woman is yourself caught as you turn in panic on her mouth you kiss your own has made the novel a landmark of feminist and lesbian literature Most striking of all is Barnes unparalleled stylistic innovation which led T S Eliot to proclaim the book so good a novel that only sensibilities trained on poetry can wholly appreciate it Now with a new preface by Jeanette Winterson Nightwood still crackles with the same electric charge it had on its first publication in 1936 My Review Serial adultress and all around malcontent Robin leaves her too too unendurable husband Baron Felix after presenting him with the desired heironly the child is crippledand takes up with Nora a whiny dishrag of a nothing much who represents Robin s desire for dreary domesticity Needless to say Robin can t stand too much of that and leaves Nora at home so she can cavort and disport herself with all and sundry While so doing Robin meets Jenny a serial widow why does no one wonder how this dry juiceless woman LOST FOUR HUSBANDS and a sociopath whose sole pleasure in life is making others unhappy Bye bye Nora hello Jenny and ultimately Robin seeks the help of Dr O Connor a male transvestite and fraudulent medico with predictable results The ending of the book is one of the weirdest I ve ever read involving Nora Robin a dog and a truly weird accident in a churchueer Ulysses Famous for raunchy sex descriptionsmost of which would not raise a Baptist preacher s eyebrows in this day and time Dreadful sesuipedalian sentences recounting unpleasant peoples doings in endlessly recursive and curiously directionless arabesuesDo not read this after the age of twenty four It will cause your nose hairs to ignite and your T zone to break out in painful cysts Seriouslydon t

Summary Nightwood

TureMost striking of all is Barnes' unparalleled stylistic innovation which led T S Eliot to proclaim the book so good a novel that only sensibilities trained on poetry can wholly appreciate it Recognised as a twentieth century classic the influence of Djuna Barnes's novel has been and continues to be exceptionalNow with a new preface by Jeanette Winterson Nightwood still crackles with the same electric charge it had on its first publication in 193. I am a fan of experimental literature since first experiencing the fun rides I got from Postmodernist novels of Barth Vonnegut and Pynchon in my college days in the early 70s I recently set out to give myself a dose of ten radical novels ranging from Woolf s first exploration of Modernist forms in The Voyage Out 1915 to a recent example of the new weird Nell Zink s The Wallcreeper 2014 Among the set I chose the most challenging to read and digest in my soul was the one on my plate hereBarnes short novel published in 1936 precedes by a few years the work of Flan O Brien which many scholars credit as a clear precursor to Postmodernism According to the fascinating Wikipedia entry on the subject the boundary with Modernism involves a recognition by writers that the failure of reality to conform to rational orderly principles is not a subject for existential crisis but a doorway to the freeing of imagination and play From this perspective Barne s dark and brooding novel is still Modernist However the ways her characters minds work is so freakish in their twisted flight between the gutters and the clouds I was totally blown away and made ready to believe in an alternate reality invisible to me up to nowOur anti hero is this American bird Robin who is so alluring she makes a series of people do the Icarus dance First in line is the Austrian businessman Felix Volkbein a closet Jew and fake Baron whom she marries and bears a son by in Paris The free spirit he loves cannot be caged in domesticity and he cannot deny her need to wander away to frolic with others Nora Flood a bohemian socialite and former circus performer is the next to be swept away by Robin The happy household they form in free spirited Paris of the 20s does not last as soon the greedy and homely American Jenny Petherbridge rich from a sinister line of four dead husbands gets Robin in her talons and sweeps her off the US We spend a lot of time commiserating with Felix and Nora in the wreckage left behind As a chorus in this tragedy we also spend a good chunk of the book in the company of a friend of them both one Matthew O Conner a cynical cross dressing ex pat from the US living as a fake obstetrician He has the last say in everything You never know if anything he says is true but he is the closest to wisdom we can find in this cockeyed taleThat is only the skeleton of this book The divine ferment of its living flesh lies in the polarities that garland almost every thought and every sentence in the narrative What do I mean by polarity You know like those maxims such as pleasure always being relative to pain life forever embodying death and decay or rewards being proportional to risk Songs can often capture paradoxes that ring true such as freedom s just another word for nothing left to lose The richness and textures of the polarities in the book often soar close enough to the sun to melt the wax of my wings or to remind me as Leonard Cohen sang even damnation was poisoned by rainbows Nothing I ve said is enough to tempt a prospective reader of the brilliance to be found here without some adeuate examples When Felix first encounters Robin as a patient of the doctor he is drawn to how her eyes remind him of a wild animal Get this as a strange place for the mind to travel Sometimes one meets a woman who is beast turning human Such a person s every movement will reduce to an image of a forgotten experience a mirage of an eternal wedding cast on the racial memory as insupportable a joy as would be the vision of an eland coming down an aisle of trees chapleted with orange blossoms and bridal veil a hoof raised in the economy of fear stepping in the trepidation of flesh that will become myth as the unicorn is neither man nor beast deprived but human hunger pressing its breast to its preySuch a woman is the infected carrier of the past before her the structure of our head and jaws ache we feel we could eat her she who is eaten death returning for only then do we put our face close to the blood on the lips of our forefathersIn another scene Nora shares with the doctor how her lost love for Robin is driving her mad Everything we can t bear in the world someday we find in one person and love it all at once A strong sense of identity gives a man the idea he can do no wrong too little accomplishes the same There s something evil in me that loves evil and degradation purity s black backside That loves honesty with a horrid love or why have I always gone seeking it at the liar s door Suppose your heart were five feet across in my place would you break it for a heart no bigger than a mouse s mute Would you hurl yourself into any body of water in the size you are now for any woman you had to look for with a magnifying glass or any boy if he was the height of the Eiffel Tower or did droppings like a fly No we love in all sizes yet we all cry out in tiny voices to the great booming God the older we get Man she said her eyelids uivering conditioning himself to fear made God as the prehistoric conditioning itself to hope made man the cooling of the earth the receding of the sea And I who want power chose a girl who resembles a boy Obviously real people don t talk like this But realism is not the goal It feels like the poetry of the figures stuck in Dante s Limbo due to their indecisiveness about God People who don t even make it to Hades or get a chance to travel with Virgil beyond to Purgatory on ascend to Paradise A brilliant and disturbing read that will remain etched on my consciousness Despite an early presentation of a bisexual character there is little in this version that really delves into substantive issues of gender and sexuality Robin is a cipher no matter what I read that there was much in this novel that was taken out to make it acceptable for publication and that an edition of the Dalkey Archive Press contains as much as possible the version Barnes intended Tales of Ancient Egypt to proclaim Tales of Ancient Egypt the book so 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About the Author: Djuna Barnes

Barnes has been cited as an influence by writers as diverse as Truman Capote William Goyen Isak Dinesen John Hawkes Bertha Harris and Anaïs Nin Writer Bertha Harris described her work as practically the only available expression of lesbian culture we have in the modern western world since SapphoBarnes played an important part in the development of 20th century English language modernist wr