Definitely not a work of genius but still good – it was a début novel. Some themes can be found here that occur in his other novels: notably dream and its relationship to the larger-than-life reality Nabokov creates. Also, the unreality of the traditional romantic ideal. Memories and reminiscences punctuate the narrative – this is the strongest connection with his other novels. Memories play such an important role for Nabokov whether they are true to life or imagined. I think this is one of the reasons I like him so much. The only thing missing is humour but this starts later. It will be interesting to find the novel in his oeuvre where humour starts to make more of an appearance.