Sunday, 19 September 2010


Like Despair, this novel hinges on a sleight of hand. In the case of Despair, the narrator failed to see things as clearly as we, the readers, could. In The Eye, the narrator carries out a substitution trick a short while into the book,something I only started to suspect towards the end. I'm not quite clever enough for Nabokov, but I hope to improve. Along the way, there's the expected but nonetheless delectable mix of verbal pyrotechnics and many a startling, searching insight into love, obsession, identity and volition.

3 comments:

Yasmine Claire said...

Not quite clever for Nabokov?...hmmm..not sure if anyone would agree. Lets clear that Nabokov shelf in bookworm fast!!

Larry said...

Hmm, I wonder if this is the book mentioned in 'Dont Stand so Close to Me' by the Police...

JP said...

That's a reference to Lolita.