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It's been three weeks and that part of the book still haunts me; I'm afraid it will for many years to come.
I've often puzzled over Nabokov's notorious inability to appreciate music, to hear music as anything more than annoying noise.
Like the horrific story Nineteen Eighty-Four, the protagonist ultimately succumbs to the totalitarian regime.
No doubt what many reviewers have noted -- this is a complex book, working on different levels, from different perspectives (I think the 1st person pronoun starts showing up toward... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Tiro
I read Bend Sinister at the insistence of a friend. I mentioned that I was thinking about reading Lolita – NO! Don’t waste your time, he says. You MUST read Bend Sinister! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bob Gomez
Written just as World War II was ending and published in 1947, Bend Sinister is perhaps the first dystopian novel of the Cold War era written by a major English language author... Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. Buzalka
I'm pleased that my book group chose this text and that I read it. I am most pleased to have discussed it with well-read friends since it is not an easy read, but merits... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Barbara S.
This one took me a long time to get through. Not only does Nabokov display his wordsmith best, making for a very dense (and slow) read, but I lost the book, on a trip, halfway... Read morePublished 21 months ago by SG
Not because I'm an idiot, mind you. I have always scored high on verbal intelligence tests, but because Nabokov is much more cryptic of a writer than what I am used to reading. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by ChemGuRu
Excellent book. Much more meaningful to me than Pale Fire, which was far more abstract.
I liked the warning to all of us who live in democratic countries about a... Read more