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.