Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nabokov is so good at eliciting empathy.

Reading Nabokov's Pnin for class. It's not as awesome as Lolita, and there are a few parts where I've fallen asleep reading, but it's still an entertaining read compared to some of the other crap I've had to read for class. The main character is just so... pathetic and sad. I don't know how Nabokov does it, but you just feel so terrible for this dude. Even while you're laughing at him a little (because it's sort of this very sad comedy, he's just so pathetic, you can't HELP but laugh a little), you just want to hug him, except you wouldn't because that would somehow make his pathetic self uncomfortable. I don't know. It's pretty good. First book I've read in class that I somewhat like.

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