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Pnin - Vladimir Nabokov,
This review is from: Pnin (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
There aren't words to describe the joy Nabokov's sentences can bring to a person. When those sentences are married to a similarly enticing story (as here; not as, for example, with The Real Life of Sebastian Knight) his novels are hard to beat for enjoyment. Oh, how I loved this: the first chapter had me laughing, the last nearly crying, as Nabokov tells the episodic story of Russian-in-America, Professor Timofey Pnin. He is shambling, delightful, charming, intelligent, romantic, passionate, capable within his metier. A character to love. He's the heart of the book; Nabokov's writerly ingenuity is almost mere wallpaper (as, arguably, it always should be). That's why I found the end so moving. You really, really feel for this fish out of water who eventually has existed through years of meh to build a satisfactory little life for himself. I would perhaps recommend this is as perfect introduction to Nabokov's work. A really, really great book.