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Transparent Things by Vladimir Nabokov
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Sep 07, 10


My copy of this book is wasted because it's fallen off the bed into bad book positions so many nights, split open behind the bed board or splayed under a glass of water. I have read some passages in it a hundred times, and nothing cures insomnia like trying to memorize Nabokov's intricate strings of ridiculous analogies and metaphors. Ridiculous but brilliant. For instance, "...the way he fumbled for things in the bathwater of space, groping for the transparent soap of evasive matter.." Oh my god, that is awful, and yet--
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