NABOKV-L post 0006058, Mon, 9 Jul 2001 16:47:46 -0700

VN Reference in the NYTBR review of Max Philips's THEARTIST'S WIFE

In a review of Max Philips's THE ARTIST'S WIFE, the reviewer, Sarah
finds that the female protagonist's "fictional memoir, told from the
side of the grave, is, like Nabokov's SPEAK, MEMORY, a kind of sad and
insolent poetry...." Given that the protagonist is characterized as
"selfish, restless, witty and mean," the linkage was probably not meant
a total compliment to Nabokov. I am also quite struck by how both "sad"
and "insolent" are totally off key when used to describe SPEAK, MEMORY.

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