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Nick and 5 other people liked Wastrel's review of The Affirmation:
The Affirmation by Christopher Priest
" Not recommended for: people who like their books to be straightforward, easily understandable, and conventional. Also people who want their books to include Exciting Things Happening.

Special Interests covered: mental illness, philosophy.

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The Affirmation by Christopher Priest
" This story is disorienting, unreliable, evasive - but in a good way. I read it twice (the second read immediately after the first), and after the second read I wondered if I should read it again. This book has an unhealthy relationship with the re... " Read more of this review »
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The Affirmation by Christopher Priest
The Affirmation
by Christopher Priest
read in September, 2014
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The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov
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One of Nabokov's better novels, and therefore immediately one of my favourite books. He wrote books perfectly tailored to what I enjoy reading.

It's the combination of these elements, I think:

- Beautiful, carefully constructed prose, prose written as...more
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The Eagle's Throne by Carlos Fuentes
The Eagle's Throne
by Carlos Fuentes
read in August, 2014
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Crossed by Simon Spurrier
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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
A Scanner Darkly
by Philip K. Dick
read in August, 2014
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The story of a drug-addicted, increasingly paranoid undercover cop who is asked to spy on himself. Dark, twisty and unflinching.
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Vladimir Nabokov
“When I hear a critic speaking of an author’s sincerity I know that either the critic or the author is a fool”
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

Vladimir Nabokov
“And he absolutely had to find her at once to tell her that he adored her, but the large audience before him separated him from the door, and the notes reaching him through a succession of hands said that she was not available; that she was inaugurating a fire; that she had married an american businessman; that she had become a character in a novel; that she was dead.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

Vladimir Nabokov
“Another tormentor inquired if it was true that I had installed two ping-pong tables in my basement. I asked, was it a crime? No, he said, but why two? "Is that a crime?" I countered, and they all laughed.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

Vladimir Nabokov
“I was the shadow of the waxwing slain/By the false azure in the windowpane...”
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

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“If I correctly understand the sense of this succinct observation, our poet suggests here that human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece.”
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