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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,590 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vladimir Nabokov Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This novel is the story of Dreyer, a wealthy and boisterous proprietor of a men’s clothing emporium. Ruddy, self-satisfied, and thoroughly masculine, he is perfectly repugnant to his exquisite but cold middle-class wife, Martha. Attracted to his money but repelled by his oblivious passion, she longs for their nephew instead, the thin, awkward, myopic Franz. Newly arrived in Berlin, Franz soon repays his uncle’s condescension in his aunt’s bed. One of the twentieth century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. “Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically.” — John Updike Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anna Chiaramonte | 2/11/2014

    " Started out really good but took a turn about halfway through that didn't engage me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dave Russell | 1/30/2014

    " Maybe it's chauvinistic provincialism on my part, but I find Nabokov less interesting when his stories take place in foreign countries. I just didn't find this novel as enjoyable as his later American books. Maybe the humor doesn't travel well, but there were times when this book was a slog to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by erin | 1/27/2014

    " Got off to a fantastic start. Fizzled a bit toward the end though... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charles Berman | 1/20/2014

    " Nabokov's shimmering but bottomlessly deep prose makes this book a gem on its own. It frames brilliantly the unavoidable dialectic of the aggressively conventional and normative (in Martha and, though her, the obedient Franz) against the whimsical, curious, and creative in Dreyer. Deeply disturbingly, it does this mainly through the eyes of the side I know I always root against. For that alone I feel as if it will hold a place in my mind forever whenever that opposition occurs to me. Characteristically of Nabokov, it's delightful, unsettling, and very rewarding to read. "

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