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Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
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Dec 16, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: chasingmytail, citylights, comicgenius
Recommended for: Anyone with a soul
Read in December, 2007

In my "Profile", I listed LOLITA as one of my (arbitrary number) five favorite books; that should actually read LOLITA/PALE FIRE/PNIN, whichever of three I have most recently reread: a Nabokovian revolving door, as it were.
Nabokov paints a devastatingly funny portrait of his "old friend"; we are meant to laugh at the elephantine Timofey, not with him, because, puns aside, he has no sense of humor (think of Margaret Dumont in Marx Bothers movies). But while we're busy laughing at hapless Timofey, Nabokov is insidiously revealing the greatness of his soul; in his struggle to make sense of an inconsequential world, Pnin is Everyman.

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Avital It is a brilliant humorous study of a character.

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