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Pnin by Vladmir Nabokov

About the Book:

One of the best-loved of Nabokov’s novels, featuring his funniest and most heart-rending character. Professor Timofey Pnin is a haplessly disoriented Russian émigré precariously employed on an American college campus in the 1950s. Pnin struggles to maintain his dignity through a series of comic and sad misunderstandings, all the while falling victim both to subtle academic conspiracies and to the manipulations of a deliberately unreliable narrator. Initially an almost grotesquely comic figure, Pnin gradually grows in stature by contrast with those who laugh at him. The gently preposterous hero of this enchanting novel evokes the reader’s deepest protective instinct.


About the Meetup:

I'm not collecting a deposit. However, please be considerate of the people on the waitlist and let me know a few days in advance if you cannot attend.

Also, it's imperative that everyone order dinner and a drink. Restaurants reserve a spot for us to linger and discuss a book for a couple of hours. We have to make it worth their while. Please bring cash.

Finally, please come prepared with at least two questions and two comments to get the conversation started.

I can't believe this will be my first Nabokov. I know, I know -- I've even read Reading Lolita in Tehran, but never actually read Lolita.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    So very sorry to change at the last minute. "Pnin" is a wonderful quirky book which I wouldn't have read without the club, so thank you! I'll look forward to the next available meet up.

    August 3, 2013

  • Judith K

    stuck in boston yet again. flight delayed.

    August 3, 2013

  • Francis M.

    I am sorry, there is a problem in my clinic that I have to attend to as I will be out of town next week. I am sorry for the last minute. Seems as though it has been a constant problem this year.

    August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the short notice. I've had an unexpected change of plans and will need to be away this week-end. Looking forward to the next book/ meeting.

    August 1, 2013

  • Bob S.

    Wish I could attend! Enjoy!

    July 31, 2013

  • Gregg

    i am going to be out of town this weekend

    July 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to miss this, but I must be away this weekend.

    July 30, 2013

  • Clare

    Sorry - have a conflict and have to miss this one. Hope everyone has a great time.

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've loaded the online version to share.

    April 22, 2013

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