By Sasha Sokolov

By way of turns lyrical and philosophical, witty and baffling, A tuition for Fools confounds all expectancies of the unconventional. right here we discover now not one trustworthy narrator yet "unreliable" narrators: the younger guy who's a scholar on the "school for fools" and his double. What starts as a reverie (with common interruptions) involves appear a type of fairy-tale quest no longer for gold or marriage yet for self-knowledge. The currents of attention working throughout the novel are passionate and profound. thoughts of early life summers on the dacha are contemporaneous with the current, the lifeless are alive, and the liked is found in the wind. here's a story both of insanity or of the lifetime of the mind's eye in dialog with cause, straining on the limits of language; within the phrases of Vladimir Nabokov, "an spell binding, tragic, and touching book."

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His hands looked much stronger than hers. His veins stuck up like tiny mountain ranges. When he turned his hands, the calluses became visible. She couldn’t imagine why she was so fascinated by the movement of his fingers 54 A N AV O N T R U E R O M A N C E and hands. She’d never spent much time noticing a boy’s hands or the firmness in his forearms. But sitting here with Matt, watching him work, she thought he had the most capable hands she’d ever seen. She wondered what it would feel like to have his hand wrapped around hers, their palms pressed together.

Including who everyone was. ” she asked. He tilted his head toward the supply wagon. “The cook. ” SAMANTHA AND THE COWBOY 43 He shrugged. “They just do. ” She untied the burlap sack from around the saddle horn and cautiously approached the man who was now tying things into place at the wagon. “My supplies,” she offered. Such as they were. He harrumphed, took them, and stuffed her bag in a corner in the back of the wagon. “Appreciate it,” she told him. He grumbled something about “wet behind the ears” before turning away.

Friendly. Then he’d back off as though he’d stepped across an invisible line he’d never planned to get near. She didn’t quite know what to make of him or his attitude. She understood that he didn’t want to ride drag. But she had the feeling that she was the true thorn in his side. And she couldn’t figure out why.

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