Ada or Ardor : A Family Chronicle Paperback
Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
'A great work of art, radiant and rapturous, affirming the power of love and imagination' The New York Times Book Review Ada or Ardor is a romance that follows Ada from her first childhood meeting with Van Veen on his uncle's country estate, in a 'dream-bright' America, through eighty years of rapture, as they cross continents, are continually parted and reunited, come to learn the strange truth about their singular relationship and, decades later, put their extraordinary experiences into words.
Written in mischievous and magically flowing prose, Nabokov's longest, richest novel is a love story, but also a fairy tale, a historical parody, an erotic satire, an exploration of the passing of time and a supreme work of the imagination.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/04/2000
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141181875
Showing 1 - 4 of 4 reviews.
Review by lyzadanger
A strange and difficult novel from the linguistic master. So addling and baffling I know that I need to read it again (and perhaps again and again and again).
Review by Widsith
Review by lamotm
Twenty pages into this book, I thought: "What the hell is this? This is unreadable". Consulting some reviews I learned the story is situated on Anti-Terra, a fictitious planet like Earth, where an American-Russian aristocracy still thrives; the story itself is about the romance/relationship between Ada and Van, who think they are niece and cousin, but in reality are sister and brother. Allright, that's already something. Happily from page 20 onwards, the story develops more or less chronologically, albeit with regular comments of Ada and Van, in their eighties. Nevertheless, I gave up after page 120.It seems Nabokov wanted to prove he can do better than Joyce, Proust, Borges and others in creating a complicated story, multiple-layered sentences, explicit or hidden references etc. And I must say, every now and then Nabokov produces sentences like fireworks: beautiful, amazing and breathtaking. But, very often, he has forgotten he has a reader to count with, and the sentences are way to difficult. Ofcourse, perhaps I'm not intelligent enough to understand his universe; that's very well possible; but since I've read Joyce, Proust and Borges ànd enjoyed them, I'm very disappointed in Nabokov.
Review by dbsovereign
Not an easy read. One is forced to let go of everything one is used to when it comes to the usual forms of narrative and time -- and even character. One character becomes several, and there is no such thing as time [in love]. Sexy and resoundingly wonderful!!