NABOKV-L post 0024827, Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:32:03 -0600

Nabokovilia: Rebecca Makkai's The Borrower
I love love love Makkai's short stories, but somehow never got around to
reading her novel, The Borrower, until just now. There is a Nabokov nod
right off the bat!

*They say I'm the most terrific liar they ever saw in their lives. And that
one, old lecher-lepidopterist, gabbling grabber, stirring his
vodka-pineapple from the high narrow shelf of N-A-B, let me twist his
words. (You can always count on a librarian for a derivative prose style):
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what I envied, what
I thought I could fix. Look at this prison of books.*

Juan Martinez

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