Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0015732, Sat, 1 Dec 2007 10:03:07 -0500

Re: Thoughts Re: [NABOKV-L] Brian Boyd on Apples in PF
In response to Sadie Brown, I'd like to point out that Shade
absolutely does remember identifying himself with the waxwing:
"I was the smudge of ashen fluff". I probably should have
written "the waxwing and its shadow", though.

And if the beginning is not clearly Shade remembering his
childhood, I think lines 131-139 are.

I enjoyed your comments on illusion--the sky and the waxwing
not really being there--but of course there's a real sky
and, in the book, a real afterlife.

Jerry Friedman

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