A masterpiece of fiction is an original world and as such is not likely to fit the world of the reader.
More Quotes from Vladimir Nabokov:Treading the soil of the moon, palpating its pebbles, tasting the panic and splendor of the event, feeling in the pit of one's stomach the separation from terra... these form the most romantic sensation an explorer has ever known... this is the only thing I can say about the matter. The utilitarian results do not interest me.
I cannot conceive how anybody in his right mind should go to a psychoanalyst.
Poor Knight he really had two periods, the first - a dull man writing broken English, the second - a broken man writing dull English.
Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.
Satire is a lesson, parody is a game.
Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
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