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The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov Paperback – December 9, 1996
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I was well aware as to how gifted Nabokov is with the language; what surprised me is his versatility. It seems like there is nothing he can't do. Contained in this collection is every kind of character imaginable: rich, poor, simple, smart; there is even an entirely credible portrait of a Siamese twin. There is straight drama, fantasy, adventure, horror and intrigue. There are all the elements of what our English teachers told us make good writing: symbolism, allegory, descriptive power, observation, wit, cleverness, heart, and an enormous store of knowledge, performed in a style that can only be described as poetic. And woven through it are the themes that make up the web of humanity: beauty, truth, and love. It is an utterly splendid collection, as good a collection of short stories as any I have ever read.
One of the things that sets him apart is restraint, or perhaps subtlety is a better word. In, "The Reunion," for example, two brothers meet after not seeing each other for ten years. One escaped the Soviet Union and is living a poor, almost wretched existence in Berlin. His brother stayed, and was able to achieve some success as a Soviet functionary. They finally meet each other in the Berliner's shabby apartment. Most authors would not be able to resist the urge to let this to sink into melodrama. There would be arguments, tears, and recriminations. But not for Nabokov.Read more ›
Favorite stories, are "A Matter of Chance", in which a Russian waiter working in the dining car of a German fast train, narrowly misses meeting his wife whom he has not seen in five years. Ironically, she loses her gold wedding ring, later found by a German waiter. The waiter reads the inscription but makes no connection to his co-worker. The Russian waiter unexpectedly gets off at the next stop.Read more ›
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As to the stories, Nabokov is interesting, and I think many of them are very good. Generally he is not my favorite author, but I have enjoyed these stories for the most part. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Public Name
If you haven't already, read Nabokov's short stories. You will very quickly realize that his worlds are much broader and his landscapes are crazier and more colorful than you ever... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nabokov's son Dimitri, compiled this book of short stories. Unfortunately he included every story he could find form juvenile efforts to works of the master. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Adelphos T. Avthrwpou
I think Nabokov is a much better writer of books than stories. But others may disagree.
The stories were written earlier than his more famous work, and are not in the detailed... Read more
Great creative writing. I love authors whom have unique resilient styles of writing to convey the storyPublished 8 months ago by James David Author of The Coast Guard Oracle