Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0008945, Fri, 21 Nov 2003 11:21:55 -0800

Fw: Casta Diva? ADA
Casta Diva?
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From: Carolyn Kunin
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2003 10:28 AM
Subject: Casta Diva?

Dear Mr. Gill,

Is Ada over the top is a very good question. After wrestling with it for a year, I have pretty much concluded that it is. There may be a there there, but it seems to me that if one can't find it after trying for a year, the problem may not be in the reader but in the read. Ada, in other words, seems to me to be out of all proportion (i.e., is "over the top"). My god, one could learn calculus in the time it takes to not understand Ada! If there is an answer, will it be worth the effort?

Some of Ada's images and questions will probably haunt me until someone discovers what it is that is going on in this anti-novel, but I have concluded that actively pursuing Ada is a losing game and I'm taking my marbles and going home.

EDNOTE. ADA can indeed be discouraging in detail but the general outlines are now reasonably clear thanks to a generation of scholarship.
For me, the pleasures of reading. rereading, and researching far outweigh the not infrequent frustrations.