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One of the most remarkable things about Nabokov was his brilliant, penetrating, power of observation.
Yet what I came to love about The Defense is that it doesn't need to be more than the portrait of one character without much extraordinary importance attached.
An intensely introspective book, THE DEFENSE is remarkably well written, allowing readers to identify with, yet keep distant of, the main character.
A delightful early novel from the master in which the life of an artist in relation to both 'reality' and to his art is explored. Read morePublished 1 day ago by lily t.
After reading this book, one must only be pleasantly surprised by the artistic career accomplished by Vladimir Nabokov throughout his life. Read morePublished 9 months ago by dimitriweb [this reviewer has been added to the top 10 (see more)]
I just couldn't get into this one. I LOVED Pnin, but no; this one was not my cup of Kremlin.Published 16 months ago by stumpstein
Vladimir Nabokov was a Russian born writer who gained fame with "Lolita", which was quite scandalous at the time. Read morePublished 19 months ago by W. Clement
If you haven't read any Nabokov, I wouldn't start with this one. It is very well written, but the surprise that you see in some of his books happens relatively early in the plot... Read morePublished 22 months ago by C. Hurwitz
Nabokov's The Defense looks in the mind of an obsessive. Obsessed with Chess after a mysterious violinist points out that it is better than music, the game of the gods. Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Neri
In THE LUZHIN DEFENSE, Nabokov examines the effects of mental exhaustion in an esteemed but socially awkward chess master who connects to life only through the language and... Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Ethan Cooper
A novel about a brilliant chess player's descent into madness, "The Luzhin Defense" [a. k. a. "The Defense"] suffers from a detached protagonist and a narrative that plays up his... Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by Slokes
Nabakov can craft a sentence like nobody's business. And he sprinkles details of chess throughout the book liberally and accurately. Luzhin is a believable chess player. Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by Mec