Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Joys of Chess

From Vladimir Nabokov's novel The Defense (upon which the movie The Luzhim Defense is based):
The doctor...spoke of the fact that all around them was a bright, free world, that chess was a cold amusement that dries up and corrupts the brain, and that the passionate chess player is just as ridiculous as the madman inventing a perpetuum mobile or counting pebbles on a deserted ocean shore. "I shall stop loving you," said his fiancee, "if you start thinking about chess--and I can see every thought, so behave yourself." "Horror, suffering, despair," said the doctor quietly, "those are what this exhausting game gives rise to."

2 Comments:

Blogger generalkaia said...

interesting post. is the book any good?

1/30/2006 12:32:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

It has that rambling, depressing, Russian style. I guess if you like Russian literature you might like it.

The first half was fun, as it was focused a lot on chess, but then the second half it got really boring for me.

I didn't realize it's the same author that wrote Lolita!

1/30/2006 01:07:00 AM  

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