The Gift by Vladimir Nabokov

The Gift

Vladimir Nabokov with Michael Scammell (Translator)

403 pages first pub 1938 (editions)

fiction classics challenging reflective slow-paced


The Gift is the phantasmal autobiography of Fyodor Godunov-Cherdynstev, a writer living in the closed world of Russian intellectuals in Berlin shortly after the First World War. This gorgeous tapestry of literature and butterflies tells the story ...

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Community Reviews Summary of 168 reviews


reflective 80%
challenging 40%
adventurous 20%
emotional 20%
hopeful 20%
relaxing 20%
sad 20%


slow 80%
medium 20%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 50% | N/A: 25% | No: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 66% | N/A: 33%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | No: 33%

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