Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0015757, Sun, 2 Dec 2007 23:58:42 -0500

Re: THOUGHTS on Canto One
Dear Jansy,

the point is, probably, not this abstract alternative
"spare/not spare" (have we right to "daring" comments
etc). More serious question is how these comments are based on the character,
as it was presented by VN,
and there is little convincing evidence in case of Shade.

> Jansy Mello: Although I cannot but agree with RSGwynn and J.Mella
> concerning poetry, metaphor versus literal-minds, there is a point in
> C.Kunin's observation: why spare Shade from the kind of investigation (
> already outlined by VN himself, through Kinbote) Nabokov's other works
> stimulate commentators to dwell on?

What stimulates commentators is an open problem. (Cf. Kinbote.)

Best regards,

Sergei Soloviev

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