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Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
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Jan 19, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

It took me 3 years and three attempts to dive in and stay submerged, but the time must have been right because I couldn't tear myself away this time around. It heightened an awareness of what I love in a novel: It comes down to the way the quality of the language comes together to paint a whole. And Matthew and Nora--and even Robin--were so painfully convincing, not as "real people" but as something so very HUMAN.

The narrative is haphazard; character "development" is all but non-existent; the opening is deathly boring. And I would not change a thing. I'd say don't force it if you don't like it; when NIGHTWOOD is ready to be of use to you in your own life's narrative, it will make itself very clear. And if not, that's obviously OK, too.

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