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Strong Opinions In this collection of interviews articles and editorials Nabokov ranges over his life art education politics literature movies and modern times among other subjects Strong Opinions offers hi

  • Title: Strong Opinions
  • Author: Vladimir Nabokov
  • ISBN: 9780679726098
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this collection of interviews, articles, and editorials, Nabokov ranges over his life, art, education, politics, literature, movies, and modern times, among other subjects Strong Opinions offers his trenchant, witty, and always engaging views on everything from the Russian Revolution to the correct pronunciation of Lolita.

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    1. “I have never seen a more lucid, more lonely, better balanced mad mind than mine.”― Vladimir Nabokov, Strong OpinionsVladimir Nabokov lets us know directly that his every word recorded in these interviews was carefully and thoughtfully written out after having received, in writing, specific questions from the respective interviewers. In other words, in typical Nabokov fashion, his answers are the result of much reflection and written in solitude. The topics covered range from his childhood [...]

    2. I know more than I can express in words, and the little I can express would not have been expressed, had I not known more.Vladimir Nabokov is a lion of literature. His writing is sleek, menacing and beautiful as it confidently marches through the savannas of languages. His words have claws and deadly jaws, and when he pounces it is a jaw-dropping display of sheer powerful grace with devastating results. Strong Opinions is a collection of Nabokov’s interviews, essays and letters to editors that [...]

    3. A book for cultists. Non-cultists hold this book up as Nabokov at his arrogant, disdainful worst. They miss the real human drama here: Nabokov's fierce adherence to the aristocratic ideal of his youth--an ideal of unflappable poise and "manly" composure--in the face of the death, exile, material deprivation and incalculable emotional loss that marked his adult life. Hold your head high, remember you're a nobleman. He admirably eludes all attempts to get him to complain, to Oprah-ishly broadcast [...]

    4. "Strong Opinions" is a very fitting title for this meandering collection of Nabokov's interviews, essays and even a selection of his work in lepidoptery. His distinctive aristocratic tone is easily heard - he speaks nostalgically of his life in White Russia, his facile musical comprehension of English-French-Russian, and he sneers down upon an astonishing array of writers, from Dostoyevsky to Hemingway to Pasternak to Pound. When he is asked on his opinions on the literary word, he remarks, with [...]

    5. "I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child." Thus begins the author’s introduction to this late life collection of exuberant l'esprit d'escalier.The interviews are, as he rarely misses an opportunity to point out, ultimately another one of his creations. More revealing of his quotidian goings-on than his memoir, one is still presented the information in the same manner as in his novels and lectures: precise, lapidary, preserved, controlled. Nabokov's [...]

    6. The interviews are brilliant. In fact so good that the other two parts (letters to editors and articles) pale in comparison, although they are obviously well above average too.

    7. [However, I could never explain adequately to certain students inmy literature classes, the aspects of good reading—the factthat you read an artist's book not with your heart (the heartis a remarkably stupid reader), and not with your brainalone, but with your brain and spine. "Ladies and gentlemen, the tingle in the spine really tells you what theauthor felt and wished you to feel." ]

    8. I read this mostly to supplement my reading and, I was hoping, my understanding of “Lolita,” which I’ve also recently read. “Strong Opinions” is a good choice if you want to get an idea of Nabokov’s ideas and preferences and where he’s coming from as a writer of fiction. And “strong opinions” is really no joke. The man has some of the most unorthodox opinions, especially concerning the relative merit of other writers, I’ve ever read. The last third contains several “Letters [...]

    9. Strong Opinions indeed. Nabokov has a lot to say about his art, art in general, his process, his views on other writers and his literary feuds. One gets the sense that he's a highly intelligent, and openly eccentric man of many talents.What makes this book especially great in my opinion is his unwillingness to pander to those less educated than he, and to the 'school of resentment' as Harold Bloom calls it i.e those whose sole passion is to take offense on the world's behalf. There's no shortage [...]

    10. Nabokov as Mandarin, considerably less appealing than in his fictions, dishing out stentorian judgments from on high. The absolute worst place for a newcomer to start. For fans, there's no shortage of intentionally provocative opinions that should be taken with a barrel of salt (savaging such "mediocrities" as Doestoevsky, Thomas Mann, etc). He also offers the odd dazzling insight into his own work and brilliantly rips asunder decades worth of received wisdom. Worthwhile but proceed with caution [...]

    11. Nabokov is such a true individual, such a wonderful grump. I found myself agreeing with so many of his opinions – on identity politics, on Death in Venice, on the stupidity of extreme left in America and even on what he calls ‘soft music’. Although I’m sure if I met him in real life I’d not have liked him much – his lack of modesty, his lack of hedonism. But then he’s hilarious and his humor is wonderfully redemptive. The book is terribly serious, particularly when it comes to word [...]

    12. Wholly worth it for variations on Vlad's representative themes (especially the sovereignty of specificity over abstraction, theories, ideas) always expressed in playful, oft-alliterative, exquisitely composed rhythmic (ie, Nabokovian) prose. Memorable aphorisms aplenty. Lepidoptera emphasis gets a little presh. Toward the end, editorials settling old scores with critics and nitpicking re: translation literalism paint VN as a bit of an aspergerian twit. Highly recommended WC reading, regardless.

    13. No really, Dear N tell us what you really think! This is priceless for those fools among us who insist upon trying to know more of the author. Does he relent and allow us even a peek? Ever?No.It's fun, however, watching him NOT let us in. He is, and always shall be, the Master!

    14. I am two-thirds of the way through this book and I have determined two things: Vladimir Nabokov is a complete asshole, and he is hilariously funny.EDIT: I have now finished the book, and I stand by my earlier conclusion. The book is divided into three parts: interviews, letters to the editor, and articles. The interviews were the best part. The letters to the editor were okay only because they were short, and some of the articles I didn't even read. Specifically, the one that extensively describ [...]

    15. nabokov always has something interesting to say- he is so exacting in the way that he insists on being presented to the world, so final his opinions. once i look past his ego, however, there is so much.

    16. In this book we learn that Nabokov was kind of a self-absorbed asshole. What a bummer. It's too bad he didn't live long enough to see the rise of the blog -- I'm sure he would have enjoyed ranting about whatever on index cards and having his wife type them into LiveJournal for him.

    17. Nabokov is an Old Testament God with New Testament romanticism. How can you review a collection of interviews curated by himself? I tremble and weep every time I accidentally notice the book's spine on my shelf.

    18. This is probably an unfair rating. The book does deliver exactly what it promised: an almost random collection of interviews, essays and articles. But after finishing it I couldn't help but wonder why anyone bothered to collect them in the first place. There was some insight into Nabokov but aside from that You couldn't recommend it to anyone who wasn't already a rabid Nabokov fan.

    19. "Un buon lettore è costretto a immani fatiche quando lotta con un autore difficile, ma queste fatiche possono dargli le più grandi soddisfazioni dopo che il vivace polverone si è dissolto." (p. 225)

    20. Strong Opinions is an excellent barometer of someone's level of Nabokov fandom. It's a collection of his interviews and articles (mostly the former). If you've learned to tolerate or even love his personality through frequent and obsessive readings of his novels and stories, chances are you'll really enjoy this. If you haven't, chances are you'll want to throw this book out the window and vandalize N's page in retaliation for being forced to sit through even a little of the aristocratic ramblin [...]

    21. I will never go back for the simple reason that all the Russia I need is always meYou can get nearer and nearer to realityYou never get near enough because reality is an infinite successions of stepsLevel of perceptions, false bottoms, and hence unquenchable, unattainableMemory is , really, in itself, a toolOne of the many tools that an artist usesThe more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it isI don’t think in any language, I think in imagesI don’t believe that people think in la [...]

    22. An interesting collection of interviews, essays and letters, Strong Opinions presents Vladimir Nabokov doing just that: having strong, occasionally grumpy and usually clever opinions on nearly everything.Maybe you've read his autobiography, Speak, Memory. That covers the early years of Nabokov's life. But it stops short of the years many people know him best for, when he wrote Lolita, Pnin, Pale Fire and Ada (among others). While he occasionally spoke of writing a second memoir, he never did. Wh [...]

    23. Nabokov's more irritating foibles and pet peeves are placed in the foreground in this collection of interviews, letters to the editor, and occasional articles. His constant contradictions are at once aggravating and enjoyable (since they show that this self-proclaimed "genius" was a remarkably sloppy thinker when bashing his favorite straw men). On one page he will definitively state that he does not believe in "groups" only in the individual genius of an author (a pre-Thatcher Thatcherite: "The [...]

    24. Very disappointing. I've read a couple of his novels (Pnin and Pale Fire) and his memoiry thing Seak, Memory, and enjoyed them, albeit feeling that I was missing a lot in the novels. Plus one of my best and most literary friends loves VN (though then again he loves Beckett too). Plus I love interviews with and essays etc by literary and smart people. These "interviews" are essays pretty much, given that his consistent policy was to write out answers to the questions sent him.On the evidence here [...]

    25. It’s so hard to agree with Nabokov. How obnoxious! To say such things of Dostoyevsky or Camus…I can only join with him on the subject of translation of poetry. I simply detest any translation that isn't a faithfull and literal one. How dare one change what is writen by the artist, modifying its meaning even, just for the sake of euphony? Since when does aesthetic prevales over truth? Isn't it deceit? How does one stand it I ask.And whom would read Mr. Arndt’s translation of Pushkin after h [...]

    26. "If told I am a bad poet, I smile; but if told I am a bad scholar, I reach for my heaviest dictionary" is a quote that sums up adequately this piece of non-fiction by a master artist whom I admire very much. His always delightful, and often outrageous frank commentary on literature are of the utmost original and individual character. It's interesting to read how he can shatter into a million pieces the reputation of a literary critic, who in a poorly and ignorantly way attempted to do likewise w [...]

    27. A pretty interesting collection of essays and interviews by the author of "Lolita." Nabokov taught literature at Cornell, and was a trilingual scholar, and it shows. I would not recommend this book to those who expect a captivating story. Rather, it is for literary buffs who are unnaturally patient and interested in bits and pieces and an elegant (or whimsical) turn of phrase, and also those who happen to be Nabokov's fans (I used to be at one point), who giggle and chuckle at their favorite aut [...]

    28. Nabokov's interviews were AMAZING to read. He was witty, intelligent, funny, and inspiring. It may have something to do with his being able to answer all his interview questions in writing, but nonetheless, he seemed like an awesome guy. Strong in his views indeed! Most of my class found him very arrogant and "above" people. But it seems that anyone who is strong with an opinion is viewed that way. It's not like Nabokov went off spouting his opinions. When asked a question, he anwered it truthfu [...]

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