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Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Published two weeks after his seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of Nabokov's greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist.It tells a love story troubled by incest.But more: it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue. Ada, or Ardor is no less than the supreme work of an imagination at white heat. This is the first American edition to include the extensive and ingeniouslysardonic appendix by the author, written under the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom.
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eeclayton
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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#AugustWrapUp
This month I set out to read fewer but longer books, so I'm happy with my 5 books, two of which were really long.

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eeclayton
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Pickpick

What a challenging book. It was difficult. Even with the footnotes, I suspect most of the literary references and language play just went by me. Some chapters were so dense I hardly understood what was going on.
It was also delightful. There were passages I found myself rereading again and again, they were so beautiful.
I understand why some readers might find it dull, but me, I just thought, who cares about the plot with prose like Nabokov's?

eeclayton This was my #bookspin for July @TheAromaofBooks
Also tagging @Graywacke as a fellow Ada admirer
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Graywacke Oh Ada! What an experience. Congrats for getting through it…and enjoying! Sometimes I had to block out the logic and just let it work. It did. 4mo
eeclayton @Graywacke Thanks ☺️ 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Graywacke
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Pickpick

A wavering pick. Incest - romantic incest, insatiable incest. And an imaginative world that is parallel to ours but different…a little like Nabokov‘s privileged indulgent world might have been had the Soviet Revolution never happened. I liked it a whole lot, then I didn‘t and got bored with all the sex, and it kept going (for 600 pages). And I set it aside only to realize I missed it and really did like it. It‘s an oddly endearing parody.

BarbaraBB That is quite the review. I have had this book for years but it never appealed. Now you‘re review changes that! 14mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB thanks! I had a lot of trouble wording this, so nice to know. Curious on your take if you read it (and also a little worried about nudging you on a 600 page plunge. 🙂) 14mo
BarbaraBB That 600 pages is mostly scaring me off. Plus my edition has a very dense typeface. 14mo
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Graywacke
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Ok, is this entire book just about sex? Underage incestual sex. I‘m 250 pages in and that‘s been about the only theme. Dense prose in 2 1/2* languages (plus a code) full of literary references, but all about variations of sex.

*1/2 because of the scattered transliterated apparently Russian phrases, usually paired with presumably playful translations.

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Graywacke
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Started this today, a 1969 edition.

(Trying this again. I tried to delete a comment i was writing and deleted my post.)

Graywacke @Leftcoastzen - Sorry, your comment got zapped too. But, yes I love these old editions. This comes from my in-laws, who would have bought it in 1969 and then kept till I pulled it from the to-donate shelves ten years ago. I have one other from them, tagged. (I have an image of it there, from 2 years ago) - (edited) 1y
Leftcoastzen Nice , even better with a family history. 1y
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Cosmos_Moon
Ada or Ardor | Vladimir Nabokov
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Bailedbailed

I decided I didn‘t want to read another Nabokov book after I am still disturbed from reading Lolita like 15 years ago... maybe someday. I think my husband had this one before we were together and it‘s been on the shelf. I do like the cover, though... This book was my August #doublespin
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes the time just isn't right! 2y
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Christoffer
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Pickpick

This book combines two of Nabokov‘s challenges: linguistic brilliance and sexual transgression. It adds a third: narrative meandering. Nonetheless, I found this so constantly full of clever wordplay—in English, French, and Russian—that I enjoyed the whole reading even if I wasn‘t gripped by the story. Caveat: it helps to have some level of Russian fluency.

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BookwormM
Ada or Ardor | Vladimir Nabokov
Mehso-so

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Found this dull and nowhere near as good as Lolita

BarbaraBB I liked this one but it was not as good as Lolita either. 4y
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mcausten_sister
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"His love for Ada was a condition of being, a steady hum of happiness unlike anything he had met with professionally in the lives of the singular and the insane."

Finally finished Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle and it was worth the long read. Nabokov knows just how to captivate a person with his beautiful prose and hypnotic tale.

#RussianLit #VladimirNabokov

Graywacke I‘m ~80 pages in and weirdly caught up in it without a lot curiosity about the story. Captivating is the word i was looking for, a somehow captivating prose. (Although will it keep me interested like this another 500 pages?) 1y
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mcausten_sister
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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"Van sealed the letter, found his Thunderbolt pistol in the place he has visualized, introduced one cartridge into the magazine, and translated it into its chamber. Then, standing before a closet mirror, he put the automatic to his head, at the point of pterion, and pressed the comfortably concaved trigger. Nothing happened- or perhaps everything happened, and his destiny simply forked at the instant..."

#RussianLit #Nabokov #FicRec

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Taylor
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Panpan

Phew. Six hundred mostly mundane, "tricky" pages, but I am a champ for making it through this.

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Taylor
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

I'm (thankfully) nearing the end, but still haven't finished it. I really need to spend some time with this and knock it out of the way.

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Taylor
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

This, friends, might be the longest, most tedious book ever. I'm done with Nabokov after this.

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mcausten_sister
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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It has taken me months but Ive finally finished Part 1 of this Russian-steampunk-absurdist-erotica! It really is an enjoyable book despite the extent of time it is taking me to read it. I went into it not knowing anything about the plot or structure, and let me tell this has been a trip. If youre interested in a long haul this is at the top of my recommendation pile!

#RussianLit #steampunk #erotica #VladimirNabokov

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AshleyHoss820
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Mehso-so

Nabokov's editor, probably: "Vlad, you can't write a book soaked with incest..."
Nabokov: "Hold my beer."
94/1,001 #1001Books

britt_brooke 🙊😂😂😂 6y
Desha 😂😂😂👍🏻👍🏻❤️ 6y
AshleyHoss820 😊😊😊 6y
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mcausten_sister
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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"Do you like your book?"

"yeah, it's pretty interesting"

"what's happening?"

"well, they've been playing scrabble for a while..."

#AdaOrArdor #vladimirnabokov #russianlit

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darby3
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

So many boners

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darby3
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darby3
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Hey here we go 2017 let us dance shall we

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mcausten_sister
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"If we want life's sundial to show its hand, we must always remember that the strength, the dignity, the delight of man is to spite and despise the shadows and stars that hide their secrets from us."

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MrsAlexanderHamilton
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Mehso-so

Eh. It seemed to drag on and and was rather dull in places. However, there are two things that Nabokov never fails to do: wrote beautifully poetic prose and make me increasingly uncomfortable. This wasn't as good as Lolita was, to me, but was good enough that I still respect him and his work highly.

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MrsAlexanderHamilton
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Yossarian Is he talking about Hamilton? 6y
MrsAlexanderHamilton @Yossarian He's not, but that's EXACTLY why I underlined it. 6y
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MrsAlexanderHamilton
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

One thing should be established once for all, indefensibly. I loved, love, and shall love only you. I implore you and love you with everlasting pain and passion, my darling. Tï tut stoyal (you stayed here), in this karavansaray, you in the middle of everything, always...

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MrsAlexanderHamilton
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MrsAlexanderHamilton
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

She hated him, she adored him. He was brutal, she was defenseless.

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MrsAlexanderHamilton
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Because nothing had changed -- you are with me, aren't you?

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MrsAlexanderHamilton
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

"How happy, nature, how unhappy, man!"

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MrsAlexanderHamilton
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

She smiled, dreamily enjoying the thought (rather "Kareninian" in tone) that her extinction would affect people about as deeply as the abrupt, mysterious, never explained demise of a comic strip in a Sunday paper one had been taking for years.

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MrsAlexanderHamilton
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MrsAlexanderHamilton
Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Trying this instead, since Shogun was a bust. Nabokov is one of my favorites... Hopefully he doesn't let me down.