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Nabokov is an intimidating writer. It is hard to imagine someone who can write so beyond most 'literary' writers in his 3rd language. While Glory was originally written in Russian, and translated by Nabokov's son Dmitri, it still is a prose masterpiece. For me it was a White émigré version of This Side of Paradise. I loved it. Luke Daniels reading is clean, understated and carries a precision of timing and tempo that Nabokov's prose demands.
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Glory, although excellently written, lacks the overt brilliance of other Nabokov classics. The story is the non-story of a young man???s journey seeking fulfillment. There is a real sense that Glory embodies Nabokov???s obverse brilliance ??? which is quite tantalizing yet less satisfying (to me anyway) then most of Nabokov???s other novels. I would not recommend this as a first Nabokov novel, indeed perhaps it should be the last ??? as observing the author through this work was most of the fun.
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