NABOKV-L post 0003555, Mon, 28 Dec 1998 11:28:47 -0800

Re: VN's reptilian memory (fwd)
The passage you posted is so delicious, with so many appealing
aftertastes...the image is particularly striking to me, having grown up
in New Mexico where diamondback rattlers are a hiking hazard ... for
instance, to use employ the serpent's image in its most innocent sense:
a creature blindly seeking warmth and comfort as a child would...Is
autobiographer is tracing his own thought processes back to a sort of
reptile brain, with overtones of wariness about infusing innocent
cravings with the retrospective knowledge of worldliness?


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