Pnin
ISBN: 0679723412
EAN13: 9780679723417
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 18, 1989
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 0.55" H x 7.95" L x 5.12" W
Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Pnin is a professor of Russian at an American college who takes the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he cannot master. Pnin is a tireless lover who writes to his treacherous Liza: A genius needs to keep so much in store, and thus cannot offer you the whole of himself as I do. Pnin is the focal point of subtle academic conspiracies he cannot begin to comprehend, yet he stages a faculty party to end all faculty parties. One of the twentieth century s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. Hilariously funny and of a sadness. Graham Greene

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   Nothing Ever Happens
It was disappointing but well written. Nabokov succeeded almost too well if he was trying to convey a quiet sadness filled with ennui. The book is dull and notwitty, but not likable. It's fun to read ADA.
 
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   Good character study
The character study of an immigrant professor of Russian studies who came to the US from Russia in the 1 st half of the 20 th century is interesting. The writing is good. While reading this story, don't look for a definitive end to it. The main character, Pnin, is the focus of the series of episodes. It was nostalgic for me because I am familiar with the Russian culture of that generation and have known several Russian immigrants. I really enjoyed it. I gave it 4 stars because it got a little tedious.
 
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   Five stars? Ten supernovae are not enough for this book.
The title of the book will come to your eyes if it falls into your hands. One of the best books I' ve ever read is the portrait of Pnin, a Russian teacher who teaches at a small New England College in the 1950's. In this one person, the pain and feeling out- of- place, and wonder of the displaced person, is shown in excruciating and formidably funny details. While laughing, Vladimir Nabokov smashed your heart on the floor of a rooming house. I don't think I'm worthy to write about this. I don't use a word lightly, but Nabokov is a genius. This book is very valuable. I do, I do.
 
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   Good book bad book
It wouldn't be fair for the vendor to leave a bad review since the book is good quality and arrived on time. I didn't like the book at all. The story is a snoozer, but that's okay. Couldn't finish it, but got about 23s through.
 
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   One of his best
It was funny, touching, and poignant. When I finished the book, I was sad and laughing out loud. It was a great read.
 
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   A masterpiece.
It was beautiful. It's sad. It's funny. At the peak of his powers. It might not be his very best, but up there. Make sure you read it.
 
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   ... the Russian expatriate small college American professor is a wonderful creation of Nabokov's
The creation of Pnin the Russian expatriate small college American professor is wonderful. Luzhin is his chess player. Pnin has a faintly nostalgic comic quality. The writing is great. A must read.
 
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