Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov

Invitation to a Beheading

Vladimir Nabokov

223 pages first pub 1938 (editions)

fiction classics challenging dark reflective slow-paced

Description

Like Kafka's The Castle, Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for gnostical turpitude, an imaginary crime that d...

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Community Reviews Summary of 796 reviews

Moods

reflective 75%
dark 72%
challenging 58%
mysterious 47%
funny 27%
emotional 25%
sad 22%
tense 19%
adventurous 5%
hopeful 5%
informative 2%
inspiring 2%
lighthearted 2%
relaxing 2%

Pace

slow 47%
medium 42%
fast 10%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 62% | A mix: 31% | Plot: 5%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 45% | No: 39% | Yes: 15%

Loveable characters?

No: 46% | It's complicated: 37% | Yes: 15%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 60% | N/A: 15% | It's complicated: 12% | Yes: 12%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 46% | It's complicated: 40% | No: 9% | N/A: 3%

Average rating

3.85

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