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30 Day Book Meme, Day 13
August 14, 2011, 8:35 pm
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Your favorite writer:

If you read my blog, ever, you know the answer to this one: Vladimir Nabokov.

I’ve read most of his books multiple times. I had my parents ship my copies of Ada, or Ardor, Pnin, and The Real Life of Sebastian Knight to me in Macedonia, and talked them into pre-ordering The Original of Laura to send me. I picked up all of Brian Boyd’s books on Nabokov and his works, and that I’m going to be humping those books around with me for the rest of my life is the surest sign I can think of that my love for Nabokov is the real deal: it even extends to books that aren’t by him, but that are about him.

Nabokov is the one author I can’t bear to read others’ thoughts on. Too many people read Lolita, dislike it for some moral reasons rather than the quality of the book itself, miss everything Nabokov did there, and dismiss the rest of his work – if they even realize it exists. I get pretty worked up about this, as this paragraph alone may demonstrate, and I do my best to stay in my little Nabokov bubble (that is, me and Nabokov’s books) because when I emerge, it’s usually to tell someone that they have no right to comment on the man’s writing if they can’t even pronounce his name correctly. (I stand by this, though, and also: it’s “nuh-BOW-kof,” not “nab-o-kov.”)

That said, I’m always curious when someone is able to critique (even negatively, yes) his work in a thoughtful way. There are criticisms of his work, that there’s something cruel in it, or that his fiction is too exactly designed, that he seems too much to be playing with the reader, that I can understand; but to me, he is and always will be the best.

30 Day Book Meme:
Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favorite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favorite writer
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 – Favorite male character
Day 16 – Favorite female character
Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favorite romance book
Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favorite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favorite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time

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I’ve never ever read anything of the Russian classics which is embarrassing! Which of Nabokov’s works do you recommend to get in touch with his work? Thanks!

Comment by Elena

Even though I spent half this post whining about people who read Lolita and only Lolita, it may be the best place to start because there’s so much commentary about it. If you don’t want to read that one, though, my favorites are his memoir, “Speak, Memory,” and “Pnin.” If you’re into some dystopian sort of stuff you might also want to check out his “Invitation to a Beheading” and “Bend Sinister.” Those two aren’t my favorites, honestly, but Nabokov does some really interesting stuff in them.

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