Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
"What a hoaxer, that old V.V.!"
Ada is perhaps a culmination of Nabokov's experience, and nearly a fictive concordance of his work. An effluvium of references to Nabokov's own life, works, characters, themes, and interests adorn this family chronicle with a science fiction setting. Cameo references to John Shade and 'Ben Sirine,' the transcendental presence of Alice in Wonderland, and distinct but garbled echoes of Pale Fire, Lolita, Speak, Memory, and Nabokov's translation of Eugene Onegin establish a unique and believeable constructed reality.
"Never, in a career characterized by extremes of opinion about his work, did a work produce sharper differences of opinion than did Ada."
"Our Vladimir Vladimirovitch is an extraordinary artist, in the present situation of the novel absolutely a law unto himself."
"The book exudes a delight, bordering upon vanity, in its own manic, overwrought, and unnatural vocabulary, its inexhaustible translations, allusions, puns, and anagrams."
4/27/04: Visit ADAonline, featuring the full text of Ada with extensive annotations by Brian Boyd.
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