By Brian Boyd
Nabokov's Ada: where of awareness explores the connection among the most obvious dazzle of Nabokov's kind and the unsuspected depths of his proposal sooner than targeting his richest and so much magnificent novel. This "stunning," "magnificent" first ebook by means of "the nice guy of Nabokov studies," which "provides not just the simplest remark on Ada, but additionally a super evaluation of Nabokov's metaphysics," has now been up to date with a brand new preface, 4 extra chapters and accomplished new indexes.
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Ada does not even name Kim or the consequence of Van’s fury, though Van in his reply does make clear that Kim is the victim, and that he now is blind. But the emphasis is merely on the fact that Van has somehow unleashed his rage, and if we are to see exactly what happens to Kim, we must connect Ada’s remark with an earlier passage. Kim who would have bothered Ada again had he not been carried out of his cottage with one eye hanging on a red thread and the other drowned in its blood” (441). This disclosure cannot be made less reprehensible by any special pleading, yet it is defused because our attention has been distracted: this is a hurried digression within a digression that occurs at a moment of high (attention-absorbing) dramatic tension.
He may use a form that seems opposed to narrative ﬂow – notes and index in Pale Fire, a philosopher’s treatise, the labels from a herbarium or a parodic blurb in Ada – or, on the local level, he may wreak havoc upon the ﬂow of the sentence. The following lines are the close of Ardis the Second: this time the Russian coachman Troﬁm Fartukov is driving Van from Ardis to the railway station, and this time there is no last embrace with Ada, for Van is ﬂeeing from her and her unfaithfulness: “Barin, a barin,” said Troﬁm, turning his blond-bearded face to his passenger.
Despite and even because of our new discoveries resistance is rising. Even when we do ﬁnd a solution that really resolves an important part of our understanding of the novel, it will not continue to be enough. Because everything is so intricately interrelated, there may be unsolved minor riddles associated with the major one we have solved which are not quite peripheral enough to reassure us that our solution is ﬁxed and ﬁnal. Or even if this is not the case, we will simply become ready to question more deeply after the ﬂush of discovery has faded.