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Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
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I was drawn to this book because Djuna Barnes was a member of the modernist expat Paris-based circle that included Gertude Stein, who I am writing a book about. Although I acknowledge this slim novel was ahead of its time in the way it presented lesbianism and transgenderism, and it creates a unique atmosphere of an other-worldly underworld Paris, I found it a bit hard to get into. It made me think of Woolf, Joyce, Beckett and other modernists, but didn't quote ensnare me and pull me in like those writers do. Still, I'm glad I read it and the eerie, dark, sub-logical, liminal, demi-monde it portrays is deliciously idiosyncratic and haunting.
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Reading Progress

February 20, 2020 – Started Reading
March 6, 2020 – Shelved
March 6, 2020 – Shelved as: salonnières
March 6, 2020 – Shelved as: american-literature
March 7, 2020 – Finished Reading

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