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Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov
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Dec 28, 2009

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The back cover blurb on this book contains a brief summary of the entire book, including what I would consider spoilers. Why the hell would they do that? So irritating...

Well written, but i'm hard pressed to remember any specific lines that blanket the soul and coat the tongue with honey like my other experiences with Mr. N.

The scenes involving the various characters such as M'sieur Pierre, Rodrig Ivanovich, and Marthe's family trying to interact with Cincinnatus in his cell made me laugh, as did the execution eve banquet. This is a grim, nihilistic sort of humor, not unlike the frame of mind that a corporate minion might finally arrive at upon witnessing the spastic gyrations of his bureaucratic overlords one too many times.

Personal metaphors aside, this book hints at many possibilites in realms of political freedom as well as that of living an authentic life (whatever that is...) as either an artist or just a plain old human. I look forward to discussing this in group.

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Eh?Eh! The back cover blurb on this book contains a brief summary of the entire book, including what I would consider spoilers.

I'd wondered that, too. I thought perhaps because it's not intended to be a thriller at all, in any sense, shape, or form, making sure you'd focus on the journey by taking away the mystery of the destination.

message 2: by Matt (last edited Dec 28, 2009 11:01PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Matt That could be, but I can't remember having seen anything like this on another book before. For me it caused a bit of a disconnect with Cincinnatus as far as viewing him as a sympathetic character.

message 3: by R. (new) - rated it 5 stars

R. I approached this book with caution twice - and I've yet to make it through. On a sidenote, I was reading a thread tonight on the idea that the gov't is stockpiling guillotines for the "coming" revolution. Why? The idea seems to be that a guillotine would make for better organ harvesting.

Matt What made you toss it aside? I enjoyed it, but maybe not as much as Lolita, Pnin, and Laura...

Damn! I knew that it was a bad idea when the fox news website hired David Icke to head up the writing staff.

message 5: by R. (new) - rated it 5 stars

R. I dunno. Can't put my finger on the moodkiller for me. I will try again, someday.

Today's Newsticker Rewritten by David Icke:
Bristol Palin fights for Soul Custody of 1-Year-old Reptilian Son...Real Holiday Deals Happening This Week in Reptilian Dimension...Beverly Hills school prepares to cut non-Reptilian students...General Motors offers deep discounts to Reptilians...

message 6: by Misha (new)

Misha You guys just made me google David Icke and click on his homepage. Gawd that's entertaining. How did I not know about him before?

message 7: by R. (last edited Dec 29, 2009 02:22PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

R. Everything is revealed in its own time.

Now youtube Reptilian Fox Reporter. Or go here, or a striking example:

Or here:

They live. They live.

message 8: by Misha (new)

Misha Funny how they all work for Fox.

Is this the part where I leap into action and fulfill my destiny as a cyborg assassin, wreaking havoc on the reptilian race?

message 9: by R. (new) - rated it 5 stars

R. It's best to just let the Reptilians do their thing.



Seriously. Unless you're Rowdy Roddy Piper and you're all out of bubblegum.

message 10: by Misha (new)

Misha Naw. All I need is some funny red powder that suffocates the visitors reptilians but doesn't affect humanity. Easy peasy.

message 11: by Matt (new) - rated it 3 stars

Matt Whoa...from Nabokov to David Icke to Rowdy Roddy Piper...damn I love this website.

Misha: You'll know the proper time to click over to cyborg assassin mode - it is when you start hearing a sitar incessantly playing "All Along the Watchtower" inside your head (or at least that's how it worked on BSG...)

message 12: by Misha (new)

Misha ...said the joker to the thief

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