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Presents the 1957 novel in which a Russian-born professor struggles to cope with American idioms and idiosyncrasies at a university in upstate New York.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
ISBN: 9781400041985
Branch Call Number: FICTION NABOKOV 2004
Characteristics: xxix, 143 pages ; 21 cm


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Professor Timofey Pnin is a haplessly disoriented Russian émigré precariously employed on an American college campus in the 1950s. Pnin struggles to maintain his dignity through a series of comic and sad misunder-standings, all the while falling victim both to subtle academic conspiracies and to ... Read More »

Pnin is a hapless, ridiculous professor. Yet somehow this character is one of the most perfectly depicted in literature, and you will never find a lovelier description of wallpaper.

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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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