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The late Vladimir Nabokov always did things his way, and his classic autobiography is no exception. No dry recital of dates, names, and addresses for this linguistic magician–instead, Speak, Memory is a succession of episodes, in which the facts are secondary to the development of Nabokov’s sensibility. There is, to be sure, an impressionistic whirl through the author’s rich family history and Nabokov’s account of his tenure at St. Petersburg’s famous Tenishev School which offer a lovely glimpse into the heart of Russia’s silver age. Still, Nabokov is much too artful an autobiographer to present Speak, Memory as a slice of reality–a word, by the way, that he insisted must always be surrounded by quotation marks
~adapted from Amazon.com review