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From: "gordon meuse" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Nabokov: Pale Fire
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 18:29:16 +0000

For those who have either read "Pale Fire" or have attempted it and put it 
down, I highly recommend "Nabokov's Pale Fire", by D. Boyd. I admit that I 
read it before I read Pale Fire, but it is such a good read itself and 
quotes extensively from Pale Fire itself. It attempts to solve one of the 
most complicated literary puzzles ever. His solution is complex and almost 
unbelievable, but very well-documented. You will never read Nabokov the same 
ever again.

>From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
>Reply-To: urth@urth.net
>To: urth@urth.net
>Subject: Re: (urth) Nabokov: Pale Fire
>Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 09:10:10 -0700
>Rostrum writes (excerpt, excerpt):
>>I was also surprised that [Pale Fire] was not a hard book to read,
>>certainly not as hard as some of Wolfe's.
>Alternative view: I tried three times to read PALE FIRE and never
>once succeeded in getting more than 20 pages into it. It is, to me,
>one of the most opaque pieces of writing in the world. Which was a
>damn shame, as I could see that there's a lot of stuff in there that
>I would enjoy -- would "tickle the Wolfe pleasure centers" -- but
>Nabokov's writing lies in a range that I can't process for some
>(I'll try again in a few years, I'm sure. Sometimes things like
>this suddenly clear up. The first few times I tried to read Charles
>Harness's THE ROSE -- which, by the way, I recommend very, very
>highly -- I had the same experience; when I turned 30 it suddenly
>became a transcendant reading experience. Some things I just have
>to grow into, I guess.)
>>The only drawback is it might make you more self-conscous about spinning 
>>theories about Wolfe's stories.
>I suppose that some people might consider this a drawback. 8*)
>Hey, has anyone mentioned THE NAME OF THE ROSE as a rather Lupine
>book in many ways?
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