Nightwood is itself. It is its own created world, exotic and strange, and reading it is like drinking wine with a pearl dissolving in the glass. You have taken in more than you know, and it will go on doing its work. From now on, a part of you is pearl-lined.
What a marvellous thing to be able to say of any book, that in reading it “you have taken in more than you know, and it will go on doing its work.”
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