Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0000181, Thu, 13 Jan 1994 16:27:04 -0800

Re: Mary & Gatsby (fwd)
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Date: Thu, 13 Jan 1994 14:36:30 -0800 (PST)
From: Galya Diment <galya@u.washington.edu>
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum <NABOKV-L%UCSBVM.BITNET@uwavm.u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: Mary & Gatsby

I would like to respond to Gene's reading of my talk by saying that 1. I
never proclaim anywhere in it that Pnin was "mistreated" by Nabokov -- I
simply say that he is an unlikely hero for Nabokov; and 2. That the
argument as to who is the true hero of The Great Gatsby, Gatsby or
Caraway, is beyond my comprehension as to its relevance and significance.
When Dolinin first introduced it while commenting on my paper I was
actually quite puzzled for it appeared to have no relevance whatsoever
for my argument. Yet, I would be interested to hear what makes Caraway a
truer hero of the novel than Gatsby, just to satisfy my curiosity.