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Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
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Jan 16, 2010

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A Russian emigre now teaching Elementary Russian at a small, American college, Pnin is that dear old man, ex tempora, ex cultus, who is more encyclopedic than novel, but whose passion for the old and the factual (tho it may be a very subjective, sometimes inaccurate set of facts) contains its own charm. He is not without irony, however: he is fascinated by new technology, but even this from a more romantic perspective than practical. His stubborn clinging to what he knows and how he does things stifle his adaptation to modern American life. His personality and life at the university are symbolic of the shift in education from the old style to the new, and how that shift just doesn't have space for the likes of Pnin.

Altogether, a comical, sophisticated work, with a touch of sadness.

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