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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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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
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.
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Apr 23rd, 2015
A strange, interesting read, parts of which are hilarious.
Dec 30th, 2014
Dec 12th, 2014
Pale Fire appears on these lists...
53rd on 100 Best Novels by Modern Library
64th on Top 100 Books by Harvard Book Store
1st on The 20th Centrury's Greatest Hits by American Book Review