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Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
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Feb 15, 2010

it was amazing
Read in February, 2010

Besides being practically in tears from the first page, I am so impressed (though not surprised) of Nabokov's ability to unravel those strange, seemingly meaningless memories of moments that, as is, say and expose very little about one's life, and bring some sort of beauty and sense to that tangled web of our past recollections. As expected, its all done with Nabokov's classic, old-man arrogance which I guess could be a turn-off for some people, but those kind of readers you probably don't want to be friends with, anyways. In addition though, this book is very much a family history, a story of exile and the experience of many who fled Russia and/or Europe due to war and revolution, a lesson in the use of commas and a grammar workout that will have you reaching for the dictionary every, other page.

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