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#ABookAWeek: Laughter In The Dark by Vladimir Nabokov

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Reading is a key component of learning.  I do my best to read a book each week.  And I'm always looking for new titles!  To share your own book suggestions, use #ABookAWeek on Twitter or Instagram, and tag me @NicolasCole77. If I choose your book, I'll tag you in the blog post!

This week I read Nabokov's Laughter In The Dark, the novel that preceded his most famous work, Lolita. The basic premise is that a wealthy married man falls in love with a young mistress who, in turn, is only interested in marrying for his money.  This theme of love interest between an older man and a young girl is found again in Lolita but to much more drastic degree.

The reason why I really like Nabokov is because of his writing style.  Despite being a writer in the early to mid 1900s, he captures a sort of sarcasm and self deprecation that wasn't very common at the time.  Any time I read Nabokov I feel like it could have been written in today's age—the sign of a timeless writer.

What I liked about Laughter In The Dark was the web of conflicts created between the wealthy man, his wife, his mistress, and then the close gentleman "friend" of the mistress.  It's very clear what each character wants, and at the same time what keeps them from getting what they want.  

The other element of Nabokov's writing that is worth noting is his use of language.  He is very aware of the power of wordplay and uses descriptions in subtle ways to show multiple intentions. He can both describe a scene and poke fun at the same time.  

If you are looking for something by Nabokov other than Lolita, I would highly suggested Laughter In The Dark.  It's funny, it's a quick read, and it's just quality literature.  


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