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Mary is a gripping tale of youth, first love, and nostalgia--Nabokov's first novel. In a Berlin rooming house filled with an assortment of seriocomic Russian émigrés, Lev Ganin, a vigorous young officer poised between his past and his future, relives his first love affair. His memories of Mary are suffused with the freshness of youth and the idyllic ambience of pre-revolutionary Russia. In stark contrast is the decidedly unappealing boarder living in the room next to Ganin's, who, he discovers, is Mary's husband, temporarily separated from her by the Revolution but expecting her imminent arrival from Russia.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Series:||Vintage International Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.37(d)|
About the Author
Date of Birth:April 23, 1899
Date of Death:July 2, 1977
Place of Birth:St. Petersburg, Russia
Place of Death:Montreux, Switzerland
Education:Trinity College, Cambridge, 1922
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is an insightful story of young love, and lost. change & lost. The setting takes place in Russia during the uprowl of the revolution. Ganin often keeps remembering his first love Mary, and their deep romance. But it years has passed and life took them to a whole different direction, and now Ganin has found out that his eternal Mary is not his anymore. Let me stop before I ruin the story before anyone reads it. This great novel was beautifully written by Valdimir Nobokov. "Mary" was not a difficult at all, and it is totally worth reading.
This was a unique story of love, change & lost. It's wasn't a complicated suspense but very clever. Nabokov has done a wonderful writing in this novel.
most people remember their first love as idyllic and life-changing. Lev, the protagonist, thought so too. until he is given the chance to see the first love he carelessly left behind again. he is torn by desire, regret, and fear. should he see her? should he try to love her again? suddenly this man's memories of a pastural romance turn turbid. classic war time love story.