Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Final Thoughts On Nightwood

It ends well. And left me with the feeling that, yes, I'd been dealing with real literature. 

Of course it's not really a novel- or rather, no more of a novel than Ulysses or the Waves- meaning it's about language more than it's about people or society or whatever. 

It's one long authorial monologue; The characters speak in the same voice as the omniscient narrator and are placed at such a distance from us- as if viewed through a reversed telescope- that we  hardly care for them. 

And is the story gripping? Do we strain to know what happens next? No, of course we don't.

I have brushed the surface. This is a rich, thick, deep, clotted text.  It invites study. 
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