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Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
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Jul 09, 2012

it was amazing
Read from June 30 to July 08, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Fascinating and flowing, this book is for those who like words, dictionaries, and philosophy. I can't say anything that TS Eliot hasn't already in the Introduction. The prose ripples and sways, keeping one reading, and the story itself is told cleverly. My favorite section is "Watchman, What of the Night?" which is a rambling swirl of disjointed soliloquist-monologues (yes) wrapped in an even more awkward setting. Then again, I'm always a fan of ex-pats and Modernists.
Read the text first. Eliot's Introduction is a nice way to contemplate and reflect on what's just been read, once you finish the main text. I wouldn't even recommend bothering with this Preface, ever, but if you feel so compelled, I suggest saving it for last and regretting reading it at all.
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