Mystery #7 for Literary Snobs: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov

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Conrad Brenner, writing in The New Republic, describes this book as "the most perverse novel you are ever likely to encounter." And John Updike wrote, "Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically" If that doesn't whet your appetite, then go back to your annotated Finnegans ...

Mystery #2 for Literary Snobs: The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

  With our second mystery, we move from the surreal river running through the dark continent to the surreal freeways running through sunny California. Same themes, same structure. In Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, our reluctant detective is Oedipa Mass, a California housewife whose name is our first hint at ...

Mystery #1 for Literary Snobs: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

The topic of my last post on the Poisoned Pen Press blog was about the challenge of convincing literary snobs that there are indeed great works of literature that meet all criteria of that lowly genre known as Mystery. The 3 basic requirements of the genre (as more fully explained ...