Monday, November 30, 2009

Lost in the Eighties

#80 -- "Bend Sinister" by Vladimir Nabokov

I should probably get myself to read "Lolita" soon, since it's languished on my bookshelf forever and ever while I read a whole bunch of less famous Nabokov novels. We'll see. Maybe soon.

Parts of this one are Nabokov at his best; parts are Nabokov getting way too cute. I was repeatedly reminded of that Updike quote about writing "ecstatically," and not just because it's pasted on the cover of every one of Vladdy's paperbacks; the best parts of "Bend Sinister" drive that line home. It's amazing to watch. Read. Whatever.

But then... other sections just slog. It reminded me a bit of Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Unconsoled" (which I still haven't finished) -- at times gripping and fun to read, and at times just irritating.

Ok. "Lolita" soon! This I vow.


Cranky said...

Yes, Lolita! One of my faves. I would also recommend Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi as a co-read.

gsdgsd13 said...

I've actually got that sitting on my shelves too. I've got so many things sitting on my shelves.