Hardcover, 626 pages

English language

Published Feb. 24, 1969 by McGraw-Hill.

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5 stars (2 reviews)

Two young children engage in an inocent tryst only to later discover a wonderful and terrible secret about themselves.

"The arbors and ardors of Ardis."

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4 stars

I read this book about 15 years ago and am reviewing random books I read a while ago in order to create a body of reviews on the site. Ada or Ardor is an interesting book, although probably (almost certainly) not the best book to start with if you intend to read multiple Nabokov books. I think I read that he specifically intended to shake off the insufficiently dedicated with the somewhat confusing first chapter. It is the third in an implicit trilogy of sex-perversion novels, preceded by Lolita and Pale Fire, and has the most unusual setting; Lolita can and probably should be interpreted as happening in the real world, insofar as any fictional world can be so interpreted, and Pale Fire could be in an alternate universe or could be the ramblings of an insane person. Ada is definitely in an alternate universe, where Russia is in America …

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