fiction classics dark funny reflective slow-paced

212 pages | first published 1934

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Extensively revised by Nabokov in 1965 - thirty years after its original publication -Despair is the wickedly inventive and richly derisive story of Hermann Karlovich, a man who undertakes the perfect crime - his own murder.
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Summary of 408 reviews

Moods

dark 88%
funny 58%
mysterious 47%
challenging 29%
tense 29%
reflective 23%
adventurous 11%
sad 11%
emotional 5%

Pace

slow 55%
medium 38%
fast 5%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 57% | A mix: 35% | Plot: 7%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 46% | No: 46% | Yes: 6%

Loveable characters?

No: 80% | It's complicated: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 86% | N/A: 13%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 93% | It's complicated: 6%

Average rating

3.84

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