The American poet John Shade is dead; murdered. His last poem, 'Pale Fire', is put into a book, together with a preface, a lengthy commentary and notes by Shade's editor, Charles Kinbote. Known on campus as the 'Great Beaver', Kinbote is haughty, inquisitive, intolerant, but is he also mad, bad - and even dangerous? As his wildly eccentric annotations slide into the personal and the fantastical, Kinbote reveals perhaps more than he should.
Nabokov's darkly witty, richly inventive masterwork is a suspenseful whodunit, a story of one-upmanship and dubious penmanship, and a glorious literary conundrum.
Part of a major new series of the works of Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita and Pale Fire, in Penguin Classics.
There's little I can say here without spoiling the book for anyone who has yet to read it. I could quite easily turn into Kinbote and provide a line by line annotation to his analysis which would be just as unnecessary as his is.
Simply put, this book is exceptional. Easily one of the best books I've ever read, it is a psychological tale, and work of genius relating to the fragility of life. I can't recommend this highly enough; if you really enjoy literature and mentally challenging and engaging novels, this is for you....Continua
A friend read this for a course in college, liked it, and suggested I read it. As I remember it was a chore to read it and I can't say I got anything out of it.