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I will not give anything away, though anyone who has read the back of the book will be able to guess some of it.
Nabokov is the stylistic master of modern English prose and his command of language in this novel, like all his works, is brilliant.
That's the kind of detail I refer to when I say that this is a book to be read for the pleasure of its digressions.
Nobokov's writing was highly anticipated. I found this book a bit disappointing. Plot line was simplistic and predictable. Not one I would recommend to others as a worthy read.Published 8 months ago by Shirley Musich
This book is good. The print and the cover are both simple but inspiring. Plus, the price is totally acceptable.Published 20 months ago by Tuan Jung Chang
It is always dangerous to form preconceptions about a book before reading it. When a reader's expectations about what a book is going to be are dashed, as they often are, it tends... Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by Brian C.
The main character of "Despair" stumbles upon a perfect double, a literary tramp of sorts, and draws him into his murder plot- one that leaves many corpses in its wake. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by Bjejune
Even though this is neither his best known or most polished work it is better than 99% of the current crop of what passes for literary fiction. Highly recommended.Published on April 19, 2012 by C. Hurwitz
The first two-thirds of this novel are slow going. "Despair" is an accurate description of what I experienced while slogging through it, although "Ennui" might be closer to the... Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by gormenghast
DESPAIR is narrated by Hermann Karlovich, a failing and deranged chocolate manufacturer who is self-absorbed and needs money. Read morePublished on November 19, 2011 by Ethan Cooper
Before I get to the story of "Despair," I've got a question, namely: Why do so many authors seem to think that the act of generating art makes a fascinating subject for a... Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I'm not the biggest fan of autobiographical prose; the meandering, self-referential, reflective brand of writing one encounters when digesting the memoirs of such and such a... Read morePublished on October 16, 2010 by Adam L. Kopcinski