Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

The Original Of Laura

This morning, my copy of Vladimir Nabokov's final, unfinished novel, The Original of Laura arrived.

I'm not sure what I will think of it, once I'm done. I'm a big fan of Nabakov's work, and I sort of went between wanting to read this book, and not wanting to read it, because of its unfinished nature. However, without reading it, I have to say that the Knopf edition of the book is very lovely: thick, solid pages, simple black cover, and with a nice, hefty weight to it. Part of that is, of course, because, with the pages split between what Nabakov's cards that planned the novel, and the typed version of it below, that there's likely to not be a huge amount of content in it. That's just an assumption, before I flip it open--Laura might be deceptive, and of course, I've picked up four to five hundred pages books that have all the content of a 1000 word short story.

Still, as an object, The Original of Laura is very nice.

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