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Nightwood review ¾ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ng 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 relat. Passing in ParisTo Pass verb intransitive to be accepted as being something that you are not esp something better or attractive Marion looks so young she could pass for 30Do this jacket and skirt match well enough to pass as a suit Cambridge English Dictionary Love that terrible thing says one of Barnes s characters Terrible because the demand of love is the voluntary loss of oneself To make oneself lovable it is necessary to strive toward some other identity Maintaining the identity of the beloved is always hard work But the task is made harder when the love itself must be kept secretThus it is with Felix the pseudo Baron who loves what he takes to be European culture he must deny his lineage from that race which has the sanction of the Lord and the disapproval of the people So that He became for a little while a part of their splendid and reeking falsification He passes well sometimesAnd also with his young wife Robin a somewhat needy person who cannot understand the bargain that love is even when it is laid out plainly to her Felix is bemused because though he said it calmly I am deceiving you And he wondered what he meant and why she did not hear She passes briefly as wife and even briefly as motherThe Irish American Catholic doctor is yet another He knows how love often works with hate especially between Christians and Jews As he says to Felix ignorant of his heritage The Christian traffic in retribution has made the Jew s history a commodity it is the medium through which he receives at the necessary moment the serum of his own past that he may offer it again as his blood Of course the doctor is not licensed to practice he is an abortionist and a transvestite But he also passes as a counselor to the love lorn as well as a bombastThen there is Nora by temperament an early Christian she believed the word She falls in love desperately with Robin who understands less about love with women than with men Nora however knows the drill She defiled the very meaning of personality in her passion to be a person She exists only to the extent that she exists for Robin Poor dear Until she sees the doc s penchant for feminine attire and then she realizes that He dresses to lie beside himself who is so constructed that love for him can be only something special Changing identity to love oneself is a novel but rational solution Nora passes but it is unclear as whatAnd Jenny she who steals the affection of Robin from Nora without much effort Jenny has an identity which depends only on context Jenny with the burning interest of a person who is led to believe herself a part of the harmony of a concert to which she is listening appropriating in some measure its identity emitted short exclamatory ejaculations What she passes as is somewhat variable but she passes as lesbian as paedophile as beast turning human These love sick protagonists are supplemented by a cast of various actors artists poets and assorted hangers on in the Europe of the 20 s all of whom are sacrificing whatever identity remaining to them in the search for love or at least temporary if unsatisfactory affection It is Parisian Bohemia on the make and not for employment The doctor is the sage who tries to advise on the reality of love s demands The reason the doctor knows everything is because he s been everywhere at the wrong time and has now become anonymous he contends to Nora Not having an identity to sacrifice is the philosophy of his transvestism I have divorced myself he says But even this is not a solution The secrecy other people s as well as his own is debilitating I talk too much because I have been made so miserable by what you are keeping hushed Love in any form is a bargain with the devil He writes the contract and we who sign it have no idea about its arcane clauses Barnes had it figured rather elouently All these people are our answer to what our grandmothers were told love was and what it never came to be they the living lie of our centuries The devil also passes as God

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Nightwood review ¾ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ionships 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. 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 some semblance of a structure and often has one main character Nightwood begins the birth of Baron Felix We learn about his false patronage and we follow him in his attempt to produce an heir Then we move on The book forgets about him and Robin Vote becomes the main character Then Doctor Matthew becomes the main character Then Nora becomes the main character Then it ends Also over half of this book isn t even narrative It s just the transsexual Irish gynaecologist Doctor Matthew O Connor talking about essentially nothing There is no plot There is no structure There is no one main character And yet Nightwood is totally immersive and highly readableWithin the genre of Modernist literature Nightwood is a relatively easy read Barnes doesn t resort to the stream of conciousness style that many of her fellow Modernists adopted Instead she relies on transgression This novel was one of the first in Western literature to portray a lesbian relationship Also our pseudo narrator Dr Matthew is openly transsexual But these were the days before WWII when the Weimar era was flourishing in Germany and the rest of Europe was following suit This novel is set in bohemian Paris during the rein of Gertrude Stein It presents an almost unbelievable oasis of decadence and liberality that genuinely did exist before Nazism ended it all That is the bittersweetness of reading the flamboyant novels of this era we have the foresight of history and we know how it s all going to end eventually Nightwood is a fabulous little novel It is not hard to believe why Dylan Thomas TS Eliot and William S Burroughs all believed it to be one of the greatest novels ever written It also recently appeared on the list of Greta Gerwig s ten favourite books which was the catalyst for my reading it as I bow down at the heels of Gerwig I would also suggest that this book would be a good starting place for those of you who want to dip your toes into the world of Modernist literature Believe me it s a lot safer than my tragic attempt to read Woolf s The Waves unassisted

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Nightwood review ¾ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook 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 Wanderi. 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


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    (E–pub READ) [Nightwood] read Nightwood 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 Berl

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    (E–pub READ) [Nightwood] 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

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    (E–pub READ) [Nightwood] read Nightwood 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 language old fashioned concerns with ancestry and a story where nothing happened Folks were

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    (E–pub READ) [Nightwood] 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

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    (E–pub READ) [Nightwood] Djuna Barnes î 0 characters 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 and things of this nat

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  • Paperback
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  • Nightwood
  • Djuna Barnes
  • English
  • 07 November 2018
  • 9780811216715