I read the Foreword and first chapter (which was only about 2 pages) early this morning. All I can manage to say through the fog of exhaustion today is that I find Nabokov's authorial voice delightful. I usually skip the Forewords, but I saw that this one was dated on my birthday -- three years before I was born, but my birthday nonetheless, so I felt compelled by the cosmic symmetry to read it. I'm glad I did, because the writing was delightful and insightful. It's an interesting experience to read a work translated from another language when the author himself had a hand in the translating. I shall definitely continue reading.