This novel is the story of Dreyer, a wealthy and boisterous proprietor of a men's clothing emporium. Ruddy, self-satisfied, and thoroughly masculine, he is perfectly repugnant to his exquisite but cold middle-class wife, Martha. Attracted to his money but repelled by his oblivious passion, she longs for their nephew instead, the thin, awkward, myopic Franz. Newly arrived in Berlin, Franz soon repays his uncle's condescension in his aunt's bed. "Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." - John Updike
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by Vladimir Nabokov
by Robin Lane Fox
by H.J. Golakai
by Jonathan Gash
by Ralph Fiennes
by David Gemmell
"When the na•ve, provincial Franz becomes entangled in an affair with his uncle's wife, Martha Dreyer, he finds himself caught in a dangerous love triangle. As Martha becomes more intent on murdering her husband, she enslaves Franz in her diabolical plan. But the lovers find that the perfect plot for murder leads to numerous complexities. Christopher Lane's narration is utterly mesmerizing. His deep voice and measured pace capture the ominous undertones that Nabokov supplies throughout the novel. Without missing a beat, Lane's vocal characterizations are wonderfully diverse. He conveys the sensual and malicious nature of Nabokov's vicious femme fatale as flawlessly as he stammers the thoughts of the bumbling Franz. With his fluid and compelling performance, Lane's delivery of this tantalizing novel resonates with richness. D.M.W. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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