most intensely musical novels I have read is Lolita by Vladimir
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I spend far more time listening to music than I do reading. When I was younger I had time to do both, but I now tend to only read for work, and listen to music for pleasure. Some of my friends listen to audio books in the car, but I would far rather listen to an opera, or pop music on the radio. I long to find something to read that is as satisfying as lying back and listening to a great piece of music, and I would be willing to try listening to a book if you can think of one to grab me.
Dear Music Lover,
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Following your conversion to the world of audio literature, turn now to what seems from your letter to be an unfamiliar pursuit: read a novel. One of the most intensely musical novels I have read is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. “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.” Nabokov wrote in English with a poetic awareness of the language that few native speakers have ever surpassed, in prose at least. Treat the experience of reading the book as something similar to absorbing a tragic opera.
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