Help me catch back up with our book of the month program and make it awesome! Wouldn't it be awesome if each month we have hundreds of people on this website reading the same book around the same time and chatting about it?!
Fran wrote:Much of the controversy concerning Lolita was, as is so often the case, generated by people who never bothered to read the actual book.
ParkerSM wrote:Fran wrote:Much of the controversy concerning Lolita was, as is so often the case, generated by people who never bothered to read the actual book.
This is so true! As I discovered when I told my mum that this was a beautiful when I was reading it, and I got some very weird books.
ParkerSM wrote:It is different, it goes against nature, and to top it off, it's a scandal, and who does not like the gossip generate from a good scandal!
Maud Fitch wrote:ParkerSM wrote:It is different, it goes against nature, and to top it off, it's a scandal, and who does not like the gossip generate from a good scandal!
The late Vladimir Nabokov wrote "Lolita" in mid-career yet ask anyone to name one of his other books and they can't.
I think this shows that risky, sexy or taboo topics will always sell a book, e.g. "Portnoy's Complaint", "Lady Chatterly's Lover". I'm sure other readers could add racy titles to that list, even if they don't know the authors.
You are absolutely right Maud it is the reputation Lolita garnered as a racy novel that earned it much of it's publicity, in point of fact it is not a particularly racy novel at all, certainly not by today's standards (or lack of standards!) If all it were was a racy novel it would have disappeared from the shelves long ago but it lives on, much loved, reread & argued over because it is so much more.
dindindin wrote:The first time I read Lolita, I read my brother's copy. It was his recommendation that motivated me to read
the book. Having seen the movie, I was aware of the story line. My brothers' recommendation was based on his
appreciation of Nabokov's mastery of the craft. When I returned the book, we discussed it for probably an hour. '
I remember that neither one of us used the term "pedophilia". I read one of the reviews that used the term
"subject matter". Is pedophilia the subject matter? Or is a broken down man, a pedophile, the subject matter.
Lolita's in charge. The sun rises and falls on her whim. Humbert's along for the ride. He's replaceable. My brother
and I laughed at the lengths he would go to engineer a liason between himself and his obsession. If Nabokov had
described a kidnaping, brutallity, torture, I wouldn't have read the book. But it's Nabokov's profile of Humbert
that's amusing--his self doubt and recrimination. What about anyone else whose read the book?. What do you think?
(Have I mispelled "pedophilia"? I can't find it in my dictionary.)
goldengate wrote:I read Lotita and Lady Chatterly's Lover when I was about 11 or 12 (ages ago...) I "borrowed" my Mom's copies and read them on the sly. I remember being quite amazed by the whole story line in each book. I remember thinking, "it's interesting but what is the big deal?" Both books captiivated me. I could not put them down. I have always been an avid reader (had been by years even at that age). I knew those books were special. I reread them a few years ago and saw them in a new light. I still found them fascinating - beautifully written.
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