Book :: Pale Fire

Pale Fire
By: Vladimir Nabokov
Pages: 272
Published: 1962
Genre(s): Poetry
Rating: (6)


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In Pale Fire Nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures: a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade; an adoring foreword and commentary by Shade's self-styled Boswell, Dr. Charles Kinbote; a darkly comic novel of suspense, literary idolatry and one-upmanship, and political intrigue.

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forline forline

Difficult to read. Love that this presaged hypertext!!! There were parts that were funny and I got the 3 in 1 personas.

Sep 10th, 2017

Caro60 Caro60

How to describe Pale Fire - idiosyncratic is my first thought. The character of Kinbote is memorable for his deluded self-perceptions which is sharply contrasted with the poem creation of John Shade. The style of this novel is so very different to anything else that I have read - the poem and then the commentary on the poem which is so off the mark that it makes you go back and re-read and reappreciate the original Pale Fire. I loved it.

Jun 15th, 2015

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Jun 4th, 2015

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Apr 23rd, 2015

notathreatinsight notathreatinsight

A strange, interesting read, parts of which are hilarious.

Dec 30th, 2014

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Dec 12th, 2014

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1st on The 20th Centrury's Greatest Hits by American Book Review

53rd on 100 Best Novels by Modern Library

64th on Top 100 Books by Harvard Book Store