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Ladies Almanack By Djuna Barnes Ladies Almanack Combines visual artistry with literary parody bawdy humour and zest for the sensual pleasures of love and friendship between strong minded women Barnes s affectionate lampoon of the expatriate lesbia

  • Title: Ladies Almanack
  • Author: Djuna Barnes
  • ISBN: 9781857548273
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ladies Almanack By Djuna Barnes Combines visual artistry with literary parody, bawdy humour and zest for the sensual pleasures of love and friendship between strong minded women.Barnes s affectionate lampoon of the expatriate lesbian community in Paris was privately printed in 1928 Arranged by month, it records the life and loves of Dame Evangeline Musset modeled after salon hostess Natalie Barney inCombines visual artistry with literary parody, bawdy humour and zest for the sensual pleasures of love and friendship between strong minded women.Barnes s affectionate lampoon of the expatriate lesbian community in Paris was privately printed in 1928 Arranged by month, it records the life and loves of Dame Evangeline Musset modeled after salon hostess Natalie Barney in a robust style taken from Shakespeare and Robert Burton s Anatomy of Melancholy, and is illustrated throughout with Barnes s own drawings.
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    1. Jesse on said:

      Note I have since revised and expanded this review for my blog, Queer Modernisms Even after 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 Barnes s text [...]

    2. Jonathan on said:

      A nice long quote to show how great this is 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, then it l [...]

    3. Vicky on said:

      So I had no idea who in Djuna Barnes s circle of friends was which character, and at first, I tried to search various key phrases to find the list of who is who, but I couldn t find it until tonight when I reached the end and saw that the book itself tells you in the afterward Wtf, it should have been in the foreward 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 woodcuts2 the o [...]

    4. Adriana Scarpin on said:

      Almanaque sat rico das bobagens direcionadas para mulheres de um s culo atr s c us, que ainda persistem , com linguagem cl ssica e direcionada s entendidas dos sal es parisienses da d cada de 20 Fin ssimo.

    5. Suzanne Stroh on said:

      Nothing like it in English literature The great lesbian romp through Paris in the Twenties All the girls are present and accounted for in Natalie Barney s salon and bedroom, submitting to scrutiny under Barnes s powerful microscope 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 reading.An [...]

    6. Andreea on said:

      What is this I honestly don t have a clue, all I know is that it s quite awesome and it involves lots of lesbians which I suppose is the same as saying that it s quite awesome so I ll leave it at that.

    7. Chris on said:

      While I did find this book to be very amusing, the archaic style that Barnes uses here makes for a lot of plodding reading, much of the time spent thinking, what the hell does that mean I had the same feelings reading Nightwood long ago The complexity of language is certainly not a bad thing, but it definitely puts a little of a strain on the reader.The structure of the book is both comical and interesting The sections, for instance, which explain the hooscope, the antiquated illustrations, and [...]

    8. Maureen on said:

      I found this silly little book in the stacks of the UGA library, and read it in about an hour Some of the women mentioned in its pages were followers of G.I Gurdjieff in Paris in the twenties, and it is mostly because of my interest in them that I picked it up As spoofs go, I prefer the one of Milne s When We Were Six, anonymously written and published in the twenties under the title of When We Were Rather Younger I know Barnes did not write hers as a spoof of a particular book, but it still fit [...]

    9. Ruth on said:

      I found this buried in a dark corner of the Brooklyn library It is a weird little story written with lots of old fashioned language about the goings on among this group of ladies with funny names It has a chapter for each month of the year and also a cute illustration for each one, but I got the feeling that it was all a big inside joke with the people in her circle who were supposed to be the models for the characters The introduction said it was not really written to be published and I was fee [...]

    10. Bob on said:

      I can only really summarize by quoting the back cover an affectionate lampoon of the expatriate lesbian community in Paris 1928 a robust style taken fromRobert Burton s Anatomy of Melancholy a quick and amusing read, a keepable artifict, mostly courtesy of Barnes illustrations reads a bit like the kind of undergraduate in joke on some semi illicit subject start with Nightwood or Ryder of course.

    11. Mel on said:

      I throughly enjoyed this It was like a glimpse into an in joke among lesbian life in Paris It was a very amusing style and the descriptions were fun I particularly like the part where the Radclyiff Hall character and her partner were complaining that they weren t able to get married in England It s nice that that s finally changing.

    12. Eric on said:

      A short, personal tongue in cheek pamphlet valorize and lampoon the expatriate lesbian scene in Paris Each chapter is of a calendar and the writing is a collection of aphorism and fragments of fables The language is some pidgin of overwrought Victorianism and playful medieval singsong Kind of a short Finnegans Wake with lesbians Pretty awesome.

    13. M. on said:

      this is kind of a parody of women s magazines of barnes time period, combined with a satirical lesbian conversion narrative pretty awesome great illustrations lots of inside jokes that i didn t get, but that i recognized as having had the potential to be very very funny, had i, in fact, gotten them.

    14. J.M. Hushour on said:

      As far as smugly witty Shakespeare inspired depictions of the 1920s Paris lesbian scene go, this probably the pinnacle Barnes, a 1920s Parisian lesbian, makes fun of all the other lesbians she knows, good naturedly overall, mind you Ribald and hilarious, but little here for the wank bank, people, get your minds out of the gutter This is art

    15. Destiny Dawn Long on said:

      When I read the book jacket for this, I totally thought I d love it After all, satire of a lesbian expatriot community in the form of Elizabethan ladies almanacs It had all the makings of something grand 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

    16. Sveta on said:

      I don t know, had to read it over again with a list of who is who etc Clearly not meant for a very large audience, tak.

    17. Phillip on said:

      Fantastic Wholly original, funny, great drawings in the edition I read

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