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One of the most remarkable things about Nabokov was his brilliant, penetrating, power of observation.
And so Luzhin learns very little in the way of social cognition, and thus never truly understands his father's love, nor how to survive the terrors of the schoolyard.
An intensely introspective book, THE DEFENSE is remarkably well written, allowing readers to identify with, yet keep distant of, the main character.
After reading this book, one must only be pleasantly surprised by the artistic career accomplished by Vladimir Nabokov throughout his life. Read morePublished 5 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 12 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 15 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 18 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 Bill Slocum
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
I'm 30 now, but I bought this book when I was 18 at a used bookstore in Colorado Springs, and it sat on my shelf for a very long time. Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by E. Kutinsky