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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic
This book is stunning. It was the last book that Nabokov wrote in Russian and it explores a lot of the themes that he goes back to in later novels like Bend Sinister and Pale Fire. If I had to, I would pick those two novels above this one, but this one is certainly worth reading. I consider it one of the finest works of literature. It is funny, tragic, moving, puzzling,...
Published on 29 Oct. 2003

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3.0 out of 5 stars When you don't play the Game, and become one of life's outliers...
Nabokov surreal romp is the story of Cincinnatus C., somewhere out there in the faceless depths of Middle Europe, who has just been sentenced to a beheading for the crime of "Gnostic turpitude," which must be the legal equivalent of a "Universal Fudge Factor"; a mental construction to give you the "right answer." And the right answer in this case is that Cincinnatus does...
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hasty and shallow, 3 Mar. 2003
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This review is from: Invitation to a Beheading (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
With the possible exception of juvenilia such as _Glory_, this is the least important and least compelling of Nabokov's works. The dream-like frustration it portrays does not seem to have any emotional impact for the author (in stark contrast to the handling of such situations by Kafka, to whose work this one is inevitably compared). The language is loose and diffuse: the Nabokov of _Lolita_ or _Pnin_ would have told the same story, with more zest and intelligence, in half the words. This (together with _Bend Sinister_) should be at the bottom of your Nabokov list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very happy indeed., 5 Jan. 2015
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Lovely book & arrived quickly & in time for xmas, very happy indeed.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A clever enough little tale, 12 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Invitation to a Beheading (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
A clever enough little tale. Nabokov's renowned way with words is not heavily in evidence here as he opts for a disorientating and broken style, reflecting (presumably) the insubstantial nature of the protagonists. Characters, objects, plotlines, dream sequences - all merge and confound. Like a Francis Bacon painting without the visceral horror. The echoes of Lolita and Kafka, intended or not, are present but Invitation To A Beheading can't really touch either for quality.
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1.0 out of 5 stars NABOKOV-AM I IGNORANT OR AM I CORRECT?, 12 Jan. 2011
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I don't understand this book.Whenever I don't see the point , I always consider that maybe I'm a stupid fellow. Well I found this book incomprehensibly dense and opaque. Which means that the other critics whose reviews appear above are either clever and perceptive, or outright phonies.
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