Pnin

Pnin

Book - 2004
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Initially an almost grotesquely comic figure, Pnin gradually grows in stature by contrast with those who laugh at him. Whether taking the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he has not mastered or throwing a faculty party during which he learns he is losing his job, the gently preposterous hero of this enchanting novel evokes the reader's deepest protective instinct.

Serialized in The New Yorker and published in book form in 1957, PNIN brought Nabokov both his first National Book Award nomination and hitherto unprecedented popularity.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
ISBN: 9781857152722
1857152727
9781400041985
1400041988
Branch Call Number: F NAB
Characteristics: xxix, 143 p. ; 21 cm

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ElijahMorgan
Dec 19, 2014

I tend to love Nabokov, but I couldn't get into this book. I found it less funny than 'The Eye', just more dry. I understand the draw of dry comedy, but I do not think this book really showed off Nabokov's ability for humor. All of the jokes at Pnin's expense quickly got old, as I stopped feeling bad for him and started just being annoyed. The book really felt like it was dragging on, despite not even being 150 pages. Go with Invitation to a Beheading or The Eye if you want shorter Nabokov work.

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