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Inderjit Sanghera
Feb 14, 2015 Inderjit Sanghera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nabokov is commonly regarded merely as an aesthete; a writer who regarded art as a plaything, a wordsmith so obsessed with his verbosity that he disregarded any political, philosophical or human themes in his works, a writer who eschewed the idea that art had any purpose except to satisfy his own whims, a writer with a jejunish obsession with artifice and deception; “The most enchanting things in nature and art are based on deception.” (The Gift) Nabokov’s books are notoriously dense, full of un ...more
Richard F. Schiller
On a first look, Pnin, seems like a hilarious joke from a somewhat cruel author who makes fun of his suffering creature. Timofey Pnin, an untenured Russian professor at Waindell College (a mixture of the real-life Wellesley College and Cornell University) has a ridiculous brand of English (referring to his noisy neighbours as "sonic disturbances" and talking of starting a "house-heating party") with humorous pronunciations of English words. The meanness of Nabokov is reinforced as the narrator i ...more
Olivia
Dec 20, 2009 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know my brother just read this book and will disagree with the star allocation, but I thought this book was lovely, and not really challenging but good. It is a technically good book - i.e., it doesn't have any of the difficulties that later books have (and that people like Martin Amis criticise), but it is easy to read and tells you something. And I feel he is a more sympathetic character. However, it's not a GREAT BOOK: I think I had already read most of it, and it didn't make a huge impress ...more
Jason Lundberg
Oct 18, 2012 Jason Lundberg rated it it was amazing
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As sweet, sad, and charming as an indie film. I love how tightly focused this novel is on the little things in Timofey Pnin's life, and how much it all revelas about him and endears him to the reader. A wonderful breath of fresh air after the seriousness of Lolita.
Vigdis
Aug 24, 2015 Vigdis rated it it was amazing
Oh, punster Pnin! <3
Larisa Biyuts
Nov 16, 2008 Larisa Biyuts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the book.
George
Jan 06, 2013 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chrisy
Jul 29, 2011 Chrisy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Daria
Apr 03, 2013 Daria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greg
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Zerocity
Nov 15, 2013 Zerocity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vil
Sep 11, 2015 Vil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rose Barber
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Samantha Boarer
Aug 13, 2016 Samantha Boarer marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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