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."


Blogger Calvin 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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