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    The AtlanticVladimir Nabokov11/1/4125 min
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    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      3 weeks ago

      Woot! Nabokov’s Lolita is one of my all-time favorite books. This short story doesn’t disappoint. (Interestingly, the protagonist is a lot like the protagonist of Lolita. Deeply depressed, basically. But also not not-funny.)

      I love to experience what life was like in the decades before I was born. Some things (yearning to travel, feeling locked in marriage, sitting in a bar, owning a small novelty business) haven’t changed much with time. And other things — trying to ‘get away,’ figure out the meaning of life —haven’t changed at all.

      Jeff’s comment is spot-on.

    • jeff
      Scout
      2 months ago

      Wretchedness exposed at such a high resolution that the microscopic features of it are almost beautiful. Really great piece.

      • Pegeen
        Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
        2 months ago

        I SO agree with your comment. Thrilled you read this, as it deserves attention.

    • Pegeen
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      3 months ago

      I have always heard of Nabokov but have come late to the party. Glad I arrived nonetheless. A master of detail, bleak as they are.

      • jeff
        Scout
        2 months ago

        Loved this! Almost got me for a second at the end.