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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,220 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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Transparent Things revolves around four visits of the hero—sullen, gawky Hugh Person—to Switzerland. As a young publisher, Hugh is sent to interview R., falls in love with Armande on the way, wrests her, after multiple humiliations, from a grinning Scandinavian and returns to New York with his bride. Eight years later—following a murder, a period of madness and brief imprisonment—Hugh makes a lone sentimental journey to wheedle out his past. The several strands of dream, memory, and time are set off against the literary theorizing of R. and, more centrally, against the world of observable objects.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ben | 2/12/2014

    " If Nabokov wasn't NABOKOV by the time he sent this to his agent, then I doubt it would have been published. I hardly knew the characters and felt very little about their circumstances. Still, there are passages of gorgeous crystalline prose and fascinating ideas that hint of his genius. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Michellette | 2/7/2014

    " Great writing; not much of a story. Something's missing, or maybe I am missing something . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shawn Lahr | 2/1/2014

    " It's an okay novella. It's a clever little puzzle that I haven't solved (narrator?), and a story that is fun to re-read to see all of the clues one cannot see at first read (fire, snow globe, et cetera). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 12/13/2013

    " This book did not really feel like Nabokov had anything to do with it until the last 20-30 pages. Those are pretty good, but everything up to that just seems like vague observations of a life. "

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