From the early s through to his death in at the age of 78, he lived in retirement in Switzerland, in a suite in the Cygne wing of the Montreux Palace Hotel, overlooking Lake Geneva, paid for by book and film royalties from his best-seller, Lolita.
Let us start with the memorably good first page and work our way towards the memorably bad last page. I LOVE the opening—literally the first paragraph of the introduction. I recall equally enjoying the first half or so of the book.
The American Years and VN: The Russian Yearsand re-reading some of the same biographical details or Boyd analyses meant re-living my initial enjoyment.
The only repetitions that did bother me were those that occurred from one essay to the next. This made me realize how much Boyd recycles much of his Nabokov trivia and uses many of the same quotations to achieve different ends. It got me thinking about the difference of accepting a fictional character as narrator versus analyzing a book as if that fictional narrator were the real author.
That should appeal to your psychological needs to feel accepted and to feel secure as a member of a group! I find his analysis there to be painfully stretched thin, too.
Still, to make a pattern and return to the beginning, my general sense is that this is a very good collection, and Boyd is back to doing what he does best.At the age of twenty-one, Brian Boyd wrote a thesis on Vladimir Nabokov that the famous author called "brilliant." After gaining exclusive access to the writer's archives, he wrote a two-part, award-winning biography, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years () /5(9).
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About this product. item 4 Stalking Nabokov: Selected Essays, Paperback by Boyd, Brian - Stalking Nabokov: Selected Essays, Paperback by Boyd, Brian. $ Free shipping. Brian Boyd (b) is known primarily as an expert on the life and works of author Vladimir Nabokov and on literature and evolution.
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Brian Boyd is not only Nabokov's biographer but also his pre-eminent critic.
This is a valuable and delightful collection of essays on one of the twentieth century's most significant novelists. -- Paul Morgan Australian Book Review There is plenty of sensible and revealing stuff urbanagricultureinitiative.com: Brian Boyd.