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Clarke – Exley

19 Apr

Exley by Brock Clarke (2010)

“Sometimes you have to tell the truth about some of the stuff that you’ve done so that people will believe you when you tell them the truth about other stuff you haven’t done.”

I read Frederick Exley’s A Fan’s Notes my freshman semester of college at the recommendation of a friendly book dealer.  I loved it.  After reading Clarke’s “Note From the Author” at the end of Exley, there’s really no wonder.  Similar to Clarke (to a lesser, younger extent) who was similar to Exley (to a lesser, younger extent), I was living at home Continue reading

Nabokov – Pale Fire

23 Aug

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962)

Though Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire could be challenging and indeed trying at times with its intentional incoherence, I found it to be absolutely fascinating.  It is a novel strewn with endless Easter eggs of clarity left for the reader to tinker with.  And “novel” is a term to be used loosely; the reader is given a forward by a fictional scholar to a 999-line poem by another fictional poet, followed by notes and a corresponding index by said scholar.  Not to mention the fact that he is insane.  The story is constantly jumping from forward to poem, note to poem, note to note.  I’m fairly certain that the unabridged version of Pale Fire would be well over 999 pages…or index cards.

Pale Fire is only the second Nabokov novel that I’ve read, Continue reading