Regular price: $18.19
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for $18.19
A very Proust-inspired (memory, love, dreams, art) Nabokov. The last of his Russian novels, 'the Gift' is a complex and rich Künstlerroman and is one of those novels that makes me wish I spent more time in college studying Russian simply so I could catch the nuanced differences between the Chapters where Nabokov is mimicking Pushkin, Gogol, and other Russian novelists.
Nabokov always amazes me with his ability to provoke, entertain and awe his readers. There are some novelists where it is clear they are writing for a certain audience. Nabokov seems content just to write novels that entertain an audience of one (VN). If someone else gets his books, well, it is all just a sugary and mischievous bonus, but overall ... he'd prefer to be left alone to categorize and pin his rare butterflies and metric variations.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
Where does The Gift rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
The narrator is boring and monotonous, but the story is mindbogglingly clever and the imagery is top notch.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful