More Words from Nabokov
coeval = a contemporary
priapic = overly concerned with masculinity
concupiscence = desire for sexual intimacy
simulacrum = a vague semblance
osculate = touch with lips
leporine = rabbit-like?
crepitate = make a crackling sound
talus = sloping mass of rocks or ankle bone.
sale histoire = dirty story (French)
vapid = lacking in flavour or significance
vaporous = filled with vapour, so thin as to transmit light.
I can see he's a genius, and I really liked a lot of this book - it was witty and the characterisation was excellent - but there was something about it that didn't appeal to me, and it wasn't the subject matter. It seemed to me to be self-consciously clever - more concerned about writing style than communicating ideas and thoughts. I like my prose to be spare and clear, and this wasn't.
I'm still really glad I read it, though - philistine that I am.