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By Sarah (Missoula, MT) · ★★★★☆ · March 21, 2008
Well, Laughter in the Dark was by far the worst novel I’ve read by Nabokov. And that’s to say that it was a solidly good, funny, and engaging book. Like many of his novels, the plot is your basic old- man- obsessed- with- inappropriately- aged- girl- who- also- happens- to- be- evil- and- this- a... ...more
By Sketchbook (New York, NY) · ★★★★★ · December 11, 2014
A cyanide comedy. Nabokov scorns "realism," which befuddles many readers who belch that his characters aren't "likeable." How Americans require the likeability factor ! ~ Who's likeable in works by Sir George Etherege or Joe Orton ? C'mon, we're in a world of surrealism and absurdist humor where... ...more
By Eric (Jamaica Plain, MA) · ★★★★★ · January 10, 2013
I periodically revisit a handful of authors (kundera, kafka, calvino, queneau, fleming etc.) - why? to reaffirm my faith in humanity, or in something you may call "human achievement?" "art??" (ugh). perhaps for the thrill of experiencing a unique pleasure in a certain kind of intellectual, or, be... ...more
By Brent (Providence, RI) · ★★★★★ · October 23, 2007
The trick with Nabokov, with any novelist, is to sympathize not with the characters but with characters' creator. There is no one in this novel to get behind, not even the betrayed wife or her sick little girl. Because they are but props, silent-movie cliches. All three of the leads are detestabl... ...more
By Mojgan (Tehran, 28, Iran) · ★★★☆☆ · November 08, 2008
به شما میگن این تصویر بهم ریخته ی یک اسبه و باز شما با اولین نمایی که ازش می بینید مشتاقانه تصویر تکمیل می کنید
شما تمام داستان را در یک پاراگراف کوتاه میخونید اما باز ادامه میدید و بسیار زیبا با داستان جلو میرید
من به حماقت های آلبینوس نه خندیدم و نه لجم گرفت فقط بینهایت غمگین شدم برای کسی که جسا... ...more
By Richard (Seattle, WA) · ★★★★☆ · December 20, 2010
I'm sticking up for this book. A lot of the reviews I've read have panned it, but they shouldn't. It's a great book.

The protagonist is a philandering middle-aged art critic named Albinus. He sets out to get a mistress--with disastrous results. The mistress he secures, Margot, is a vamp, a femme f... ...more
By Desi (Bulgaria) · ★★★★☆ · February 06, 2015
Vladimir Nabokov called Laughter in the Dark one of his worst books. Although there are some signs pointing to the uncertain youthfulness of the author at the time this was written, this book does succeed at being highly readable.

Laughter in the Dark is another story from Nabokov dealing with you... ...more
By Haman (toronto, Canada) · ★★★★☆ · October 16, 2014
خیلی آرام, گویی در رختخواب دراز کشیده است, با خود فکر کرد: پس این است. باید کمی آرام بمانم و بعد خیلی آهسته بر ماسه های درد قدم بر دارم, به سوی آن موج آبی آبی. در آبی بودن چه موهبتی است. هرگز نمی دانستم آبی چه قدر می تواند آبی باشد. زندگی چه کثافتی بود. حالا همه چیز را می دانم. می آید, می آید تا... ...more