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Look at the HarleuinsA dying man cautiously unravels the mysteries of memory and creation Vadim is a Russian emigre. A very funny idea for the Master's last book He was obviously sick to death of people asking him whether his novels were autobiographical Tell me I'm curious have you ever raped any 12 year old girls So here he writes a novel about an author who on the surface is rather like Nabokov and writes a bunch of books that are rather like Nabokov's books except that in the fictitious novelist's case they really ARE autobiographicalUnfortunately I feel the same way about Harleuins as I do about the movie Churchill The Hollywood Years In CTHY the theme of having British WW II heroes played by American actors is taken to its logical conclusion and we have Lootenant Winston Churchill of the US Marine Corps played by Christian Slater and romancing Neve Campbell as the young Princess Elizabeth At first you think you are in for a two hour laugh fest the basic joke is terrific and it has patches of brilliance We will fight them on the beaches thunders Slater over the phone to a teary eyed Campbell as he's pinned down by Nazi fire But it doesn't keep up the pace and often ends up feeling forced or plain silly I should reassure you that Harleuins is far accomplished than CTHY and if you have read a reasonable number of Nabokovs you will almost certainly like it But you still end with the sad feeling that it could have been so much better

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Who like Nabokov is a novelist poet and critic There are threads linking the fictional hero w. Nabokov's last finished novel isn't a career summation so much as a madcap burlesue of his own work and reputation The narrator here is a Bizarro world version of his creator a nudist and drunkard who's been married three or four times and falls for a nymphette who happens to be his own daughter You'll want to be familiar with VN's other works to fully appreciate many of the jokes and the metaphysical maneuvers which somewhat limits the appeal of the story But if an author hasn't earned the goodwill to try something like this with their last novel then when Brian Boyd sees this novel as an inversion of VN's memoir Speak Memory and a valentine to his wife Vera He's right but there's a lot of other odd things hovering around the edges of the story namely the way the narrator at times seems to be slipping into his own fictions in a way that recalls The Real Life of Sebastian Knight a novel alluded to numerous times throughout There's also the deeply disturbing relationship between the narrator and his daughter which Boyd reads much innocently than I did Like Lolita you have to untangle the daughter's psychology from the distorting lines of the narrator's prose And like Van Veen in Ada the narrator's morality here is both troubling and complex In this thoroughly mirrored funhouse the reflections are rarely what they seem

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review Look at the Harleuins 103 é [Read] ➼ Look at the Harleuins ➹ Vladimir Nabokov – A dying man cautiously unravels the mysteries of memory and creation Vadim is a Russian emigre who like Nabokov is a novelist poet and critic There are threads linking the fictional hero with his crea A dying man cautiously unravels tIth his creator as he reconstructs the images of his past from young love to his serious illne. 450 starsI didn't mean to read this unfamiliar novel by Vladimir Nabokov but I simply couldn't help calling the DASA Book Café to keep it for me after its recent arrival around the middle of this month I had no idea on its story its following information has since kept encouraging me to have a tryThe final novel published before Nabokov's death Look at the Harleuins playfully blends sly self parody recollection in an exuberant unravelling of the mysteries of memory and the act of creation back cover While reading on and on I liked his design on various chapter numbers and lengths since it or less kept stimulating my 214 page journey I appreciated it as an act of his creation as revealed in seven parts part one 13 chapter part two 10 chapter part three 4 chapter part four 7 chapter part five 3 chapter part six 2 chapter and part seven 4 chapter As for part one for instance chapters 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 and 13 cover 27 4 24 41 46 5 5 38 36 48 45 29 and 5 pages respectively The chapter lengths unpredictably vary from 5 to 24 pagesReading him I think needs one's self trained concentration and familiarity with his writing style because he preferred long sentences and tough words As we can see for example from the opening paragraph in chapter oneI met the first of my three or four successive wives in somewhat odd circumstances the development of which resembled a clumsy conspiracy with nonsensical details and a main plotter who not only knew nothing of its real object but insisted on making inept moves that seemed to preclude the slightest possibility of success Yet out of those very mistakes he unwillingly wove a web in which a set of reciprocal blunders on my part caused me to get involved and fulfill the destiny that was the only aim of the plot p 3He wrote it in two sentences eight lines in text Remarkable isn't it It is said his English proficiency was exceptional due to the early formative years as a child from his English nanny and from his Cambridge undergraduate education Anthony Burgess praised him He did us all an honour by electing to use and transform our language p iSometime he has used the wordplay techniue as well as applied uniue phrases or unthinkable usage to amuse himself and his readers as extracted as followsNikifor Nikodimovich to use his tongue twisterish Christian name cum patronymic was rud to have been for years on end an admirer of my beautiful and bizarre mother p 9The car is not exactly a Royce but it rolls p 36 Owing to the foresight of my dear guardian and benefactor 1850 1927 as well as the vulgar obsession with 'documents' which provoked such evil glee among the Bolshevist rulers who perceived some similarity between red tape and Red rule p 43He wore plus fours and brogues but was incongruously stockingless and the inch of shin he showed looked painfully pink p 5 It was not a matter of dark rooms or one winged agonizing angels or long corridors or nightmare mirrors with reflections overflowing in messy pools on the floor it was not that bedchamber of horrors but definitely out of bounds mortally speaking p 6Never before or since did I sleep deliciously p 212To continue