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    hi yawl

    what a great site! hello all. what can i say about myself...for starters i'm a nabokovian...i just bought nabokov's eugene onegin and lectures on don quixote, but i am currently and thoroughly engrossed in nathaniel hawthorne's blithedale romance. what a writer! the book i plan to tackle next is herman melville's pierre indeed i plan to alternate between the two, hawthorne and melville, until i feel i'm ready to supplant the two as the greatest...never mind...

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    Actually, Pushkin wrote Eugene Onegin Welcome!
    At thunder and tempest, At the world's coldheartedness,
    During times of heavy loss And when you're sad
    The greatest art on earth Is to seem uncomplicatedly gay.

    To get things clear, they have to firstly be very unclear. But if you get them too quickly, you probably got them wrong.
    If you need me urgent, send me a PM

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    To quote Brian Boyd in Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years p.318:
    I shall be remembered by Lolita," Nabokov predicted in 1966,"and my work on Eugene Onegin." In size and in effort expended, his controversial translation of Pushkin's masterpiece and the twelve hundred pages of accompanying commentary dwarf all his other works. He devoted as much time to making Pushkin available to English-speaking readers as he would need to compose all three of his own English masterpieces. Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada.

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    Chasestalling
    Have you read much else of Nabokov?

    And btw, welcome from another newbie.

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    plain jane,

    yes i have.

    chasestalling

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    in fact i've read all, plain jane. btw your avatar, would you be so good to enlighten me.

    chasestalling

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    It is one form of racemosa...I love the way Nabokov mentions the flowers and natural surroundings in his books, and if I am not familiar with what is mentioned, I'll google and find pictures. There were other ones, but this red one was my favorite.
    It is mentioned in Mary and I believe in Speak, Memory as well. Evidently if grows near rivers because in Mary he mentions them on the bank that is over grown with fir and racemosa.

    You are way ahead of me in reading Nabokov, I am only about half way through.

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    i'm not versed in the language of flowers, but if i were to pick a favorite i'd have to say petunia. pnin i think is an oak-lime-birch man. me? i'll go with maple and ginko.

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    Chase,
    Hearty welcome!
    Glad to see another person here interested in VN. YAY!
    I've read all but two novels so far and been disappointed only once (guess which ).
    Re flowers/foliage, plain jane, racemosa and syringa are the unusual ones that stand out in my mind as vintage VN . Hint, hint.

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    Evidently it (Syringa) comes in lilac, blue, red and white as well. Grows 12-16 inches high (4-5m). Gorgeous!


    And the asphodel from Sebastian Knight

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasestalling View Post
    i'm not versed in the language of flowers, but if i were to pick a favorite i'd have to say petunia. pnin i think is an oak-lime-birch man. me? i'll go with maple and ginko.

    I grew up with Pecan and Oak trees, so am partial to them really.
    As for flowers, there are so many beautiful ones, I don't know if I even could pick a favorite.

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    jane,

    whose walter?

    chase

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    Just an ordinary guy, Nabokovian too, who likes to read and come to the Web for the pleasure of discussing books.

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    hi walter, i'm eric, a name bestowed, on halloween circa 1974, chelmsford, massachusetts. there's a story behind this and it goes thus:

    a woman answered my trick or treating by pointedly asking what my name was which i was at a loss to reveal since my mask was chosen for its hideability. alas, i kept my silence and she grudginly relented to my insolent demand.

    to avoid further mishaps i adopted eric. now if you care to know my real name come shop at young fashion, 3096 bailey avenue, buffalo, new york 14215

    i promise i'll cut you a good deal.

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    /chuckling/ No trick, my family is full of Walters.
    Many thanks! The treat you offer sounds great! Especially for summer.
    With winter coming on, though, the mere thought of Buffalo fills me with awe 'way down here in the Big Apple. I think you know what I mean.
    Hope the lake effect is kind to you.
    Last edited by Walter; 11-09-2006 at 02:33 PM.

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