by Crystal, December 10, 2007 12:06 PM
Pale Fire consists of a long, elegiac poem written by John Shade and a rambling commentary on the poem produced by a Professor Charles Kinbote. Shade's poem is a touching, emotional work portraying the poet's attempt to understand and confront death. Kinbote's commentary, in contrast, interprets the poem as a veiled saga about the exiled king of a fabulous realm named Zembla. Pale Fire presents a humorous and unusual portrait of subjective reality. The unfettered forces of imagination combine with the ability to treat life as fiction and fiction as life, creating a dazzling novel of wit and high seriousness.