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Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov
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John Updike said, "Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." I couldn't agree more.

Every phrase is a work of art, every word drips with melancholy, with longing and passion. This book is truly phenomenal. That being said, I have to acknowledge, there are many people who won't like it, might even hate it. In Nabokov's world: nothing's real, everything's a dream, and reality is only what you make it. Our hero, Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death for an undefined crime. He lives in an absurd world where nothing's what it seems. Everyone ought to read this book, if only to marvel at Nabokov's writing...

"It is strange that I should have sought salvation. Just like a man grieving because he has recently lost in his dreams some thing that he had never had in reality, or hoping that tomorrow he would dream that he found it again. That is how mathematics is created; it has its fatal flaw. I have discovered it. I have discovered the little crack in life, where it broke off, where it had once been soldered to something else, something geniunely alive, important and vast..."

This book should be read when you're feeling contemplative or are simply in the mood to feel beyond yourself... A beautiful, stunning work of art.
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Reading Progress

07/30/2009 "so excited to start this!"
07/31/2009 page 34
15.25% "Is it crazy that Nabokov's prose actually makes me want to cry? It's ridiculous. This book is beautiful."
08/03/2009 page 127
56.95% ""I have no desires, save the desire to express myself - in defiance of all the world's muteness.""
08/04/2009 page 147
65.92% ""I have no desires, save the desire to express myself - in defiance of all the world's muteness.""
08/05/2009 page 202
90.58% "one chapter left!"
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Bhumi Let me just say, your reviews inspire me tremendously. You're a great writer!


Katie Dreyer thank you!


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