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The Vane Sisters (The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov)

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Collection, 34 pages
Published (first published December 1st 1999)
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Bhavya Viswarajan
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Here's why this story is enchanting:

" I could isolate, consciously, little. Everything seemed
blurred, yellow-clouded, yielding nothing tangible. Her inept
acrostics, maudlin evasions, theopathies-- every recollection
formed ripples of mysterious meaning. Everything seemed
yellowly blurred, illusive, lost. "

: Icicles by Cynthia, meter from Sybil
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
چقدر ميشه نفهميدش...
Arno Maetens
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
For some reason, I feel I can't give less than three starts - it's still Nabokov, so it must be me, right? Anyways, as a non-native English speaker (but frequently reading in English), I didn't get much of the story. To me it seemed more like Nabokov attempted to insert as many obscure words into one sentence as possible. So yeah, I acknowledge the genius, but I wasn't able to enjoy this one! Shame.
Rachel Jackson
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a curious story! And so cheerfully and creepily amusing all at once.

The Vane Sisters is Nabokovian at its core, thinking of the story in retrospect after his other, more famous books were published. But you have a little of everything of Nabokov's classic tropes: flashbacks and memories (unreliable ones at at that), the supernatural and the illusion of reality.

It's the story of a professor who runs into an old acquaintance, who in turn tells him of a woman, Cynthia, who they both knew and h
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"The Vane Sisters" is the penultimate short story by Vladimir Nabokov, written in March 1951.[1:] It is famous for providing one of the most extreme examples of an unreliable narrator. The short story revolves around two professors, of which one is the narrator, and their respective affairs with two students, the Vane sisters, for whom the story is titled. The narrator recounts his experiences with the two sisters, and ultimately meditates upon the possibility of intervention by ghosts into his ...more
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'The Vane Sisters','Signs and Symbols', 'Breaking the News', are among the best of Nabokov's short stories. I recommend this collection. Mr. Nabokov never disappoints. Too bad his short stories aren't as famous as Lolita.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great ending to a good story.
Ray Carroll
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the most clever ending to any piece I've ever read.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Was good.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Love the trick at the ending. Nabokov really loves tricks. And I love him for that. Rereading this story gives a clearer and much better understanding of what he did achieve with this short story.
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An utter waste of time. Boring, boring, boring.
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Russian: Владимир Владимирович Набоков .

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian-American novelist. Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian, then rose to international prominence as a master English prose stylist. He also made significant contributions to lepidoptery and had an interest in chess problems.

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