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Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle - Community Reviews back

by Vladimir Nabokov
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Keely rated it 6 years ago
I came to a strange realization while reading this book: that practically every instance I can think of where an author used an unreliable narrator, it's always the same character: he's an intelligent, introspective guy with a slight cynical mean streak, a man with a fairly high opinion of himself (...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 7 years ago
bookshelves: fraudio, published-1969, slavic, autumn-2013, amusing, families, incest-agameforallthefamily, fantasy, spring-2015, tbr-busting-2015, lit-richer, classic Read from August 14, 2013 to March 10, 2015 Description: Published two weeks after his seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one...
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{ lunochka reads } rated it 8 years ago
There's no "or" about this book: it's Ada and ardour, and it's genius. All right, I'll admit that Mr Nabokov takes some getting into. Accessible he ain't. Delicious, however, delicious he is and this is like a perfect bread pudding: layers coming together to create something you don't know you'll ...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 8 years ago
Blogged Out Ma Nut
Blogged Out Ma Nut rated it 8 years ago
The Proustiest Proust that ever did Nabokov. He lost me...
Warwick rated it 10 years ago
Ada or Ardor is Nabokov's biggest novel, and in many ways a summation of his linguistic dexterity as well as his literary themes, with all the pleasures and problems those things imply.His writing is a constant astonishment. His admirers are sometimes surprised to remember that it's not to everyone'...
Lavinia rated it 12 years ago
It started promising but somewhere towards the middle I lost my appetite and I started reading other stuff instead. It is just not fair to me or the book to prolong this situation. I really hope to get back to it one day, because I really love N.'s prose and I feel that somehow I'm going to like thi...
Manny Rayner's book reviews
Manny Rayner's book reviews rated it 23 years ago
Suppose things had worked out better for Humbert Humbert. Suppose he'd gone to jail for a while but hadn't had a heart attack there, and suppose Lolita hadn't died while still a teenager, giving birth to a stillborn child. Suppose instead that they'd both survived, had various sordid adventures, and...
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