Imagination, Memory, a Dictionary

March 20, 2016 | 1 book mentioned 1

Would Vladimir Nabokov have considered you a good reader? Take this little quiz and find out for yourself. Then, allow Garth Risk Hallberg to explain to you why Nabokov’s Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle is difficult, but well worth the effort.

is an intern for The Millions. He reads and resides in North Carolina. Brian can be found on Twitter @jbetling, and in the real world behind the counter of Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC.

One comment:

  1. I took the quiz and supposedly passed, but I’m ashamed to admit I never finished Ada because I became exasperated by the flowery language; I felt like Nabokov was playing with words the way children play in a sandbox (sometimes aesthetically beautiful, but the artistic meaning is…what?). Maybe I need a Nabokov/Ada support group a la the Herman Melville/Moby Dick reading support group at my favorite local bookstore.

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