El almanaque de las mujeres (Otras Voces)
«Esta es la Historia de la Moza más hermosa y delicada que jamás humedeció una Cama. Se llamaba Evangeline Musset y había sido condecorada con una Enorme Cruz Roja por la Dedicación, el Alivio y la Distracción que proporcionaba a las Muchachas en sus Partes Posteriores, en las Anteriores y en cualquiera de esas Partes que tan Cruelmente las hace sufrir.»
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"In my day," said Dame Musset, and at once the look of the Pope, which she carried about with her as a Habit, waned a little, and there was seen to shine forth the Cunning of a Monk in Holy Orders, in some Country too old for Tradition, "in my day I was a Pioneer and a Menace, it was not then as it is now, chic and pointless to a degree, but as daring as a Crusade, for where now it leaves a woman talkative, so that we have not a Secret among us, the ...more
Even after more than eight decades critics and scholars still squabble over what exactly Djuna Barnes was trying to accomplish with her Ladies Almanack. Is it an affectionate satire? A bitter denunciation? A parodic exercise in self-loathing?
Maybe it's all of these things, perhaps "none of the above" gets a bit closer to the truth, but this tension touches upon exactly the thing that most compels me most about B ...more
Still, the book is a huge inside joke and I didn't care that I didn't entirely get it.
I loved it for these reasons, poorly explained:
1) the drawings made to look like woodcuts
2) th ...more
To avoid censorship (and to please her patron, Miss Barney), Djuna Barnes disguised her cutting-edge material in Rabelaisian cloaks. It's like reading Chaucer on muff-diving. More than just wicked satire, this is enduring literature that stands up to every new read ...more
The structure of the book is both comical and interesting. The sections, for instance, which explain the hooscope, the antiquated illustrat ...more
I know Barnes did not write hers as a spoof of a particular book, but it still ...more
Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it. It was only once I got to the endnotes that I discovered the comparisons to James Joyce. They should have put that on the jacket!
Barnes played an important part in the development of 20th century English language modernist wr ...more