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Nightwood characters Ó eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB â ➜ [Epub] ❧ Nightwood By Djuna Barnes ➦ – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk 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 lifeNightwoBarnes 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. 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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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 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 lit. 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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NightwoodEratureMost 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 i. 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 countless beams that my eye has populated itself with multitudes in hopes of catching only a few a strain of music too high and soft for my bumbling ears to uiver along with all the sensory inputs that my body has not yet found the means of registering fine tuning appreciating However it must be said that the evolution of the reader is far faster than that of physical form And what does come through despite all that is an aurora borealisBooks like these utterly spoil me For example after finishing up another section somewhere in the middle I attempted to read through summaries of future tomes that I had not yet decided to set my sights on Horrors The words were simply there jettisoning their meaning this way and that without care of interpretation or context screaming out simplicity Get your simple definitions your clear cut cultures of conciseness your straight to the point and no nonsense daily dose of saying what you mean and meaning what you say No I said and spent the next twenty minutes huddled over my coffee and staring at nothing in particular I don't want boxes of commercial goods I want to flyFor that is the talent trapped within these pages and if you forced me at gunpoint to encompass it with a single word I would say metaphor If you shot a single bullet past my head and brought the red hot funnel agonizingly close to my forehead and demanded that I do better I would say Pynchonian Fortunately for all there is no gunperson of staggering menace and I can afford to not commit the crime that I decried early on that of lazy linguistics For Pynchonian is easy easy easy easy and likely to get omnipresent nods of approval than any sort of comprehensionIt would be better to say that Pynchon is in fact Barnesian although I do like the feel of Djunian better despite all calls for lexiographical order so I will most likely stick with it until someone manages to convince me otherwise without resorting to offended spittles I cannot stand offended spittles Regardless I suppose we should return to Pynchon who if he had lived a little earlier and gone into liberal arts rather than the sciences and did some amount of experimenting he may have come uite close to the lady of whom he is most certainly a bastard child through some sort of decrepit lineage that invested heavily in the idea of said lineage Or rather history society ideology and the rest of that decaying mass circling around our craniums and swooping in every so often for a uick bite shit and piss The worst of it is the words that we think we know and therefore treat as fact when really metaphor Linguistic joy convivence between the reality and the abstract at its finest the very structure of our civilized existence that has fossilized meaning into packages anyone can use but not everyone can utilize For it takes a boundless amount of seductive metaphor to draw us in and keep us there until we can come out into the sun and see that in the place of the old crumbling same old same old there is something else A little fragile perhaps a little heartbreaking in the effort it makes to grip the wisps of its self together with all the world and its ponderous assumptions of the truth against it But oh so beautifulThe monotone of sexuality the binary of gender and the uestion of love and its many many sorrows That's all that I will say on it for Djuna does much much better and I'd rather you went and saw for yourself the wonder Don't trust the summary It tells the story as well as a web of diaphanous rainbow copes with bricks thrown through its core Djuna is the writer the doctor is her character and we are her audience Djuna is the god the doctor is her prophet and we are at the base of Mount Sinai in defiance of the morals to be decreed and the history of persecution to come That is a lie in respect to the culture with a true hold on the story I have made use of but it is also a metaphor and I use it with full respect For we are prophesied to by the doctor from Djuna in ways strange and unfamiliar for the meaning is too large for simple statement Or rather it is too small and would be uickly overwhelmed with biases and prejudices that fuel the tragedy felt along the lines of script amongst the pages of lines If Djuna let it be so But she doesn't and so the doctor rants and raves his saving and his solutions for everyone ill comes to him but not everyone knows the extent of their illness Self Society Yes but no Night in all its unconscious yearnings unbound in full Day that must carry the night and keep the skeleton of it bound within its paper skin Yes but no Closer Life and all its disparate yearnings on the backs of all these unfed nights all these costumed days Death and the end of every need for a word to explain the life to itself and to othersPerhaps Remember I have no idea what I'm talking about I do know though that I'm talking