Nightwood: a ‘wonderful book’ – or ‘woven in conceit’ to torment readers?

Opinions have divided starkly on May’s reading group – but does Djuna Barnes’s novel ever settle anywhere between exhilaration and baffling tedium?

Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood is one of the most divisive books we have tackled on the reading group. Just consider this quick selection of responses sent in over the last week:

“A really wonderful book, and I’m overjoyed to see it came out of the hat.”

“I still think Nightwood is an overestimated text, woven in conceit and clad with self-indulgence.”

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