Finally finished it. Toot a long time, but after making it a bookclub selection I had to do it. It took time and energy, but it was worth it. Brilliant, highly intelligent language; very convincing characters and quite touching ending. As is typical for Nabokov though, you really have to re-read this to fully appreciate it. But that's surely no punishment. Am taking a short Nabokov break now, but there's more to follow, definitely.

28 September 2007

Penguin Books, 2000
Originally published 1955


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I first read this novel two years ago. While certainly appreciating it back then it struck me on more levels when reading it now, anno 2007. The many subtle references and puns can only be followed upon rereading; something Nabokov must have purposely designed. Pale Fire is one of the more difficult novels I've ever read, but if you adhere to someone's famous motto - stay the course - you'll find some nice treasures at the end of the rainbow. Especially recommended for readers interested in Postmodern fiction, cybertext and literary criticism.

27 April 2007


Penguin Books, 2000
Originally published 1962


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