Monday, January 19, 2015

The Prisoner of Zenda

Not terribly entertaining although the introduction in the Oxford World Classics edition makes some very interesting points about it being a commentary on the idea of "English Gentleman" which made a  lot of sense to me.

Some interesting tidbits.

Zenda was probably an inspiration for Nabokov's Zembla, which makes a lot of sense actually.

Also love this acrostic dedication (to his son Zafar) in Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Zembla, Zenda, Xanadu:
All our dream-worlds may come true. 
Fairy lands are fearsome too. 
As I wander far from view 
Read, and bring me home to you.

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