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He is a master story teller and he is very skilled in the construction of a literary novel.
If your literature courses, like mine, inexplicably bypassed the works of Vladimir Nabokov, PNIN is a fine example of his art with which to rectify that omission!
I like to think that the central theme of this book is the life and death struggle between a very biased and unreliable narrator and the main character Pnin.
I admit that my review is biased -- I am someone who has spent, and continues to spend, a lot of time around Russian emigre professors. Read morePublished 16 days ago by B. Skinner
This book was recommended in Vogue magazine. They said it was about an academic. I am an academic, so I was interested. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I very much wanted to like this book; it was my first Nabokov and I didn't want to start with the obvious, Lolita, because I've started with an author's "masterpiece"... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dawn
This is an interesting character study of an immigrant professor of Russian studies, who came to the US from Russia, and teaches at a fictitious college in the 1st half of the 20th... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Margaret Baker
Apparently I missed the point in "Pnin," the life and times of a befuddled European professor who immigrates to the US to teach in a small town college. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Suzanne
It is in a way, the story of an typical immigrant from the east facing the western culture.Published 8 months ago by AnaZ
Great character is our Pnin, beautifully crafted. Still, my bet is Lolita will still be read by many in 100 years and Pnin by students only.Published 8 months ago by RobT