Pale Fire

Pale Fire

Book - 1992
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The urbane authority that Vladimir Nabokov brought to every word he ever wrote, and the ironic amusement he cultivated in response to being uprooted and politically exiled twice in his life, never found fuller expression than in Pale Fire published in 1962 after the critical and popular success of Lolita had made him an international literary figure.

An ingeniously constructed parody of detective fiction and learned commentary, Pale Fire offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures, at the center of which is a 999-line poem written by the literary genius John Shade just before his death. Surrounding the poem is a foreword and commentary by the demented scholar Charles Kinbote, who interweaves adoring literary analysis with the fantastical tale of an assassin from the land of Zembla in pursuit of a deposed king. Brilliantly constructed and wildly inventive, this darkly witty novel of suspense, literary one-upmanship, and political intrigue achieves that rarest of things in literature-perfect tragicomic balance. With an introduction by Richard Rorty.

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)


Publisher: New York : Knopf, c1992
ISBN: 9780679410775
0679410775
Branch Call Number: NABOKOV
Characteristics: 315 p

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kwsmith
Jun 25, 2017

There is no question that Nabokov is a true master at his craft. However, this book reads like an overly intellectual academic exercise exploring alternative forms of literature. If you squint hard enough you can find the threads of interesting story buried in these pages, but I was expecting so much more from this classic novel. The book begins with a 999 line poem written by a fictional poet named John Shade. The poem is followed by a lengthy commentary written by a fictional academic named Charles Kinbote who provides his own thoughts and literary analysis of the fictional poem. During the commentary, Charles Kinbote reveals that he has an unusual relationship with John Shade, and that he is much more than a simple academic scholar. But in the end, it's too annoyingly meta for my puny literary powers.

morrisonist Sep 12, 2015

this is a story about a man who wants to save his daughter from the harsh realities of life, and accidentally destroys her in the process

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mickiy
Dec 29, 2013

Nightmare to read. YOU will be turn pages back and forth all night long.

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