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yarb commented on the word jikker
Same here. I was desperately disappointed. Found it sterile and remote... only kept reading for the vocab.
November 5, 2009
mollusque commented on the word jikker
I did the opposite, yarb. I wrote down lots of words to start with, when I was on my Nabokov jag a few months ago. But I petered out on Ada after about 100 pages; I just didn't care for the story.
I did an Ada list last year, but only started dog-earing about a quarter of the way through, so I guess you're not that far in yet - or maybe not, since one can imagine five or ten different Ada lists with nothing in common...
November 4, 2009
Rolled up in its case was an old "jikker" or skimmer, a blue magic rug with Arabian designs, faded but still enchanting, which Uncle Daniel's father had used in his boyhood and later flown when drunk.
--Vladimir Nabokov, 1969, Ada, or Ardor
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