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According to this deranged annotator, he had urged Shade to write about his own homeland--the northern kingdom of Zembla. It soon becomes clear that this fabulous locale may well be a figment of Kinbote's colorfully cracked, prismatic imagination. Meanwhile, he manages to twist the poem into an account of Zembla's King Charles--whom he believes himself to be--and the monarch's eventual assassination by the revolutionary Jakob Gradus.
In the course of this dizzying narrative, shots are indeed fired. But it's Shade who takes the hit, enabling Kinbote to steal the dead poet's manuscript and set about annotating it. Is that perfectly clear? By now it should be obvious that Pale Fire is not only a whodunit but a who-wrote-it. There isn't, of course, a single solution. But Nabokov's best biographer, Brian Boyd, has come up with an ingenious suggestion: he argues that Shade is actually guiding Kinbote's mad hand from beyond the grave, nudging him into completing what he'd intended to be a 1,000-line poem. Read this magical, melancholic mystery and see if you agree. --Tim Appelo
To me the cliffnotes/side story part of this are secondary and not that great, but the poem itself is a masterpiece and is well worth the price of admission in itself. Read morePublished 7 days ago by idiosophy
Write about what you know. Okay. Write about writing about what you know. Maybe. Go to the next theory of mind level? Probably not. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James S. Kelley
In this work, Nabokov effected a greater critique of western academia than anyone else, past or present, ever has--including Chairman Mao. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Cue.
I don't think there ever was or could be another novel like Pale Fire. It might be the sole title in the "pompous academic poetry criticism masking a mystery thriller"... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hike Mogan
Designing a collection of clothes based on some of the stanzas in this book!Published 3 months ago by J. Logan
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov is an odd patchwork of literature—part poem, part prose, part criticism, part history, and all fiction. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William D. Hastings
Nabokov is one of the most incredible writers, and Pale fire is a wonderful example of a writer truly understanding and wielding the craft. A MUST-READ.Published 3 months ago by Motiondoctor and Wahust