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5.0 out of 5 stars powerful and full of texture, yet deliciously brief
This is typical brilliant Nabokov, with plenty of detail and mysterious threads laid down throughout that the imaginative can choose to follow or ignore. Because it was written in English rather than translated, Nabokov's prose is at its most powerful and organic - by far. The stories in this are extremely haunting, at least for me, musing on the nature of life after...
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not great.
I am always pleased to come across a book by Nabokov that I did not know about but I am afraid it is clearly not him at his best..
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5.0 out of 5 stars powerful and full of texture, yet deliciously brief, 13 May 2011
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rob crawford "Rob Crawford" (Balmette Talloires, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Transparent Things (Penguin Press) (Paperback)
This is typical brilliant Nabokov, with plenty of detail and mysterious threads laid down throughout that the imaginative can choose to follow or ignore. Because it was written in English rather than translated, Nabokov's prose is at its most powerful and organic - by far. The stories in this are extremely haunting, at least for me, musing on the nature of life after death, among many other themes. It is true genius and you can read it in a single sitting. Get it. You won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The dull rainbow of a fog-dogged moon, 13 Feb 2014
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..."he grunted and sighed in his sleep, dreaming of large unwieldy blocks of blackness"...

I suppose it goes without saying that Nabokov's prose is brilliantly inventive, full of vivid turns of phrase and dark humour, but how does the book stack up as a whole? Well, TRANSPARENT THINGS is a novella about the life and memories of a seemingly average man. Hugh Person is his name, and this is the snapshot story of his stand-out moments which (as the short chapters reveal) are both strange and familiar, humdrum and disastrous.

TRANSPARENT THINGS is a subtle book: the way Nabokov shows Hugh Person is surreal and sublime, yet also mundane and melancholic. All in all TT is an elegant work - a masterclass in the art of long short-story writing: understated, wistful, perceptive, deft, elusive and engaging -: definitely worth reading for the imaginative writing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not great., 29 Jan 2013
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I am always pleased to come across a book by Nabokov that I did not know about but I am afraid it is clearly not him at his best..
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