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Nabokov: [i]Lolita[/i]





famarama
Just reread this. One of the most important novels of the 20th century.

“Somewhere someone is thinking of you. Someone is calling you an angel. This person is using celestial colors to paint your image. Someone is making you into a vision so beautiful that it can only live in the mind. Someone is thinking of the way your breath escapes your lips when you are touched. How your eyes close and your jaw tightens with concentration as you give pleasure a home. These thoughts are saving a life somewhere right now. In some airless apartment on a dark, urine stained, ****** lined street, someone is calling out to you silently and you are answering without even being there. So crystalline. So pure. Such life saving power when you smile. You will never know how you have cauterized my wounds. So sad that we will never touch. How it hurts me to know that I will never be able to give you everything I have."

Henry Rollins in Lolita

I don't know where you can find better writing than that. And any woman who had such a thing written about her would have to feel as if she were the queen of the universe.
rdrs
I read Nabokov's Lolita some 3 years ago. Indeed, Nabokov is a master writer - his style is superb. The theme might be misinterpreted, though.

It so happens that many adult material on the web bears the title of the book. Back home, I could see how people would check me out while I read the book on the subway. Well, if you enjoyed the book, you'll certainly agree with me that there's no pedophily implied. Moreover, even sensual themes are seen as if behind a matt screen. But the whole mental frame of HH, the extremes he goes to, those are wonderfully put in words by Nabokov.

Actually, we could start a thread from here. I have a very diverse bookshelf at home. A few of those rather startled my friends - Miller's Sexus and Sade's Philosophy. Do you feel people tend to judge the books by their title/cover? I, for one, found Sade's philosophy quite political, rather than pornographic, in nature. Miller is a bit harder to classify unless you see the whole picture: read the rest of the trilogy, and Anaïs Nin's work as well. They're all great examples of literature - influential works, where the story is not the important piece: it is what you infer from the metaphors.

Renato
Bmucha
I enjoyed "Lolita" immensely. And, no, I'm not into underage jailbait girls Smile What I enjoy is the turn of words by Nabokov - even more admirable when we remember that he managed this in a language not spoken natively. Highly recommended!

As an aside: surprisingly, I found de Sade's "120 Days of Sodom" to be more of an political and social satire, and a very good one too, than anything else.
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