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Pnin (Penguin Modern Classics) by Vladimir Nabokov
Pnin (Penguin Modern Classics) by Vladimir Nabokov
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ping Pong Pnin, 18 July 2013
Pnin as a novel is haunted by what it could be. There parts of this book which are simply brilliant (end of Ch. 5 in particular), but they are islands amongst the merely mediocre. That is not to say the book is bad, anything but in fact, I just seem to be holding it to higher standard on account of it being a Nabokov.

Pnin as a character is one of the most likeable men in fiction, I dare you not to get completely taken in by his clumsiness, awkwardness and eccentricities. Evidently intelligent but marred by his complete lack of social skill, Nabokov creates all manner of hilarious situations for Pnin to navigate, simple non-issues are converted by Pnin into chaos and of course… Read more
Half Empty by David Rakoff
Half Empty by David Rakoff
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Admittedly I only started reading David Rakoff's books after his death, I was gifted Don't Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, the Torments of Low Thread Count, the Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and and after devouring it in a day I had to order the follow up. Reading Half Empty in light of his death has an incredibly profound effect on the last few chapters of the book where he relates the start of his illness, it is fraught with tragic irony and as such reduced me to mourning. Nevertheless its as side-splittingly brilliant as anything he's ever produced.

If you haven't heard him speak I… Read more
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Conundrum: Nabokov is so much fun to read aloud, but doing so will definitely get you some funny looks on the train, reading out Lolita will probably get you pointed out to the nearest authorities.

I think its best to deal with this book on two separate levels, mainly to avoid misconstruing praise for the book as praise for H.H. The character Nabokov has created is the vilest, most arrogant, infuriating and disgusting character but as a character he is also completely absorbing and convincing to the extent that one can fall into the trap of thinking H.H. is the true author. H.H.'s grandiloquent style and mixing of languages gets progressively more grating as you progress through… Read more

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