In the introductory essay Mary McCarth writes:
Normally, this wouldn't attract me very much, but I have read a few other books by Nabokov and liked them, and I am slightly fascinated by him. I'm not going to say much more than that it really is worth reading. Especially the 999-line poem. I found the Commentary to be a bit tedious, which probably is a clear sign I haven't really understood the real beauty of Pale Fire.Pale Fire is a Jack-in-the-box, a Fabergé gem, a clockwork toy, a chess problem, an infernal machine, a trap to catch reviewers, a cat-and-mouse game, a do-it-youreslf kit.
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