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  •  Read it years ago (13+ / 0-)

    for a feminist lit class.  It was an amazing novel.

    Long ago Bill Cosby did a comedy sketch about his neighbor kid who hit him with a slushball, not a snowball, a violation of neighborhood kid rules.  The kid's name was Djuna Barnes.  Or at least it sounded like Djuna Barnes on the LP my parents owned.  He went out hunting "Djuna gunky.  Oh, Djuna Barnes...."

    So, Brecht, when are you going to read Radclyff Hall's The Well of Loneliness, usually considered a companion novel to Nightwood?

    "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

    by DrLori on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 07:28:11 PM PST

    •  Oh dear. I'm away from home (I live in LA; staying (13+ / 0-)

      with my aunt in the Rio Grande) so I can't check. But I'm not even sure The Well of Loneliness is in my 1000+ To Be Read notebook. I've seen the name enough times that it should be.

      I bought Nightwood because it sounded unlike any book I'd ever read, and I'm always looking for brand new flavors. It sat on my shelf a year. Then I lined up six novels in a row by women, just to see what I'd find there. Being unique, and also LGBT, I figured Nightwood might teach me something I didn't know.

      All I've figured out so far is that women novelists generally seem to be sharper at discerning and portraying subtleties of feeling, psychology and relationships. Sure, there are men who excel in these areas - Tolstoy, Proust, Joyce - but there are too many male novelists who haven't written a single fully realized woman.

      The exploring is long and deep. I figure next November I'll have another month for women novelists (with some scattered in the interim). Maybe one day I'll put a woman in a book I write, and other women will say they found her real.

      If The Well of Loneliness isn't on my TBR list, I'll add it. Thanks for the nudge.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 07:48:02 PM PST

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