Saturday, April 25, 2009

A classic review of a classic: Mary McCarthy on 'Pale Fire'

It's probably 30 years since I've last read Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire. Seeing this at Kausfiles has greatly increased the likelihood that I'll get around to rereading it sometime before the arrival of the Singularity:

The best book review I've ever read, Mary McCarthy's amazing figuring-out of Pale Fire, is now online at New Republic.
The review (from 1962, when the book was new) clarifies much complexity in (relatively) few words.

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