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Pale Fire (1962)

af Vladimir Nabokov

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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, one-upmanship, and political intrigue."This centaur work, half poem, half prose...is a creation of perfect beauty, symmetry, strangeness, originality and moral truth. Pretending to be a curio, it cannot disguise the fact that it is one of the great works of art of this century." -- Mary McCarthy… (mere)
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 Nabokov!: Pale Fire and the Cold War4 ulæste / 4Meredy, oktober 2013

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I was looking forward to this given its reputation, and was disappointed - undeniably clever, literary, and innovative, it is nevertheless missing something... Soul? Heart? Significance? It feels like a book written for intellectuals buried deep in the English Department, and by all accounts it is excellent fodder for them. ( )
  breathslow | Jan 27, 2024 |
Wow. Nabokov treats language like it is his much beloved grandchild. Anything else I say about Pale Fire is going to sound trite and silly. So I'm just going to stop and say that I'm glad I read it. ( )
  rabbit-stew | Dec 31, 2023 |
i must say i rather enjoyed this. nabokov could WRITE, my god. i was just endlessly stunned by the literary ambition and cleverness, even if the narrator annoyed me at times. i think that was kind of the point. ( )
  i. | Dec 22, 2023 |
I read the thousand-line poem and began on the commentary ... and just got bored. So I read about 30% of the book, and I didn't care for it.
People with a better background in English, poetry or philosophy might find it fascinating & great. ( )
  RickGeissal | Aug 16, 2023 |
Previously 3 stars, now 4 stars. The first time I experienced this story was through an audio book, which in my opinion is a mistake. This is a very visual book and benefits greatly from reading it in it's textual form.

Previous review:
DNF after 3 chapters.

I find the concept of the book darkly hilarious, and really it is well executed, but my issue with it is that the commentator, Charles Kinbote, is so self absorbed and dreadfully dull that I just can't handle it from beginning to end.

My summary, from the few chapters I read:
The original conspiracy theory. Through incredibly obscure connections far-jumped conclusions, Charles Kinbote convinces himself that his late neighbor and stalkee's poetry manuscript, and even death, is all about him.

Charles is a paranoid, narcissistic megalomaniac. From poems about John's love for his wife to the death of their daughter, Charles interprets it all as being about himself. Charles is obsessed and infatuated with John to a worrying degree, but even at that, there is no one he loves more than himself. ( )
  eurydactyl | Jul 20, 2023 |
Viser 1-5 af 137 (næste | vis alle)
This centaur work, half-poem, half-prose ... is a creation of perfect beauty, symmetry, strangeness, originality and moral truth. Pretending to be a curio, it cannot disguise the fact that it is one of the great works of art of this century.
tilføjet af vibesandall | RedigerMary McCarthy
 
Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically.
tilføjet af vibesandall | RedigerJohn Updike
 
But “Pale Fire” sets a course all its own.
tilføjet af vibesandall | RedigerThe New York Times, George Cloyne (May 27, 1962)
 

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This reminds me of the ludicrous account he gave Mr. Langton, of the despicable state of a young gentleman of good family. "Sir, when I heard of him last, he was running about town shooting cats." And then in a sort of kindly reverie, he bethought himself of his own favorite cat, and said, "But, Hodge shan't be shot: no, no, Hodge shall not be shot."

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I was the shadow of the waxwing slain / By the false azure in the windowpane.
Pale Fire, a poem in heroic couplets, of nine hundred ninty-nine lines, dividen into four cantos, was composed by Francis John Shade (born July 5, 1898, died July 21, 1959) during the last twenty days of his life, at his residence in New Wye, Appalachia, U.S.A
Pale Fire, a poem in heroic couplets, of nine hundred ninety-nine lines, divided into four cantos, was composed by John Francis Shade (born July 5, 1898, died July 21, 1959) during the last twenty days of his life, at his residence in New Wye, Appalachia, U.S.A.
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I have no desire to twist and batter an unambiguous apparatus criticus into the monstrous semblance of a novel.
No lips would share the lipstick of her smoke.
Shadows, the, a regicidal organization which commissioned Gradus (q.v.) to assassinate the self-banished king; its leader’s terrible name cannot be mentioned, even in the Index to the obscure work of a scholar; his maternal grandfather, a well-known and very courageous master builder, was hired by Thurgus the Turgid, around 1885, to make certain repairs in his quarters, and soon after that perished, poisoned in the royal kitchens, under mysterious circumstances, together with his three young apprentices whose pretty first names Yan, Yonny, and Angeling, are preserved in a ballad still to be heard in some of our wilder valleys.
I'm puzzled by the difference between / Two methods of composing. A, the kind / Which goes on solely in the poet's mind, / A testing of performing words, while he / Is soaping a third time one leg, and B, / The other kind, much more decorous, when / He's in his study wielding his pen.
Come and be worshiped, come and be caressed, My dark Vanessa, crimson-barred, my blest My Admirable butterfly! Explain. - It is *so* like the heart of a scholar in search of a fond name to pile a butterfly genus upon an Orphic divinity on top of the inevitable allusion to Vanhomrigh, Esther! In this connection a couple of lines from one of Swift's poems (which in these backwoods I cannot locate) have stuck in my memory: When, lo! *Vanessa* in her bloom / Advanced like *Atalanta*'s star.
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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, one-upmanship, and political intrigue."This centaur work, half poem, half prose...is a creation of perfect beauty, symmetry, strangeness, originality and moral truth. Pretending to be a curio, it cannot disguise the fact that it is one of the great works of art of this century." -- Mary McCarthy

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