Lolita

posted 1 year ago in Entertainment
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

It is tremendously difficult to discuss a book with someone who has not read it. There are so many reasons Nabokov is on the short list of best authors and Lolita is considered a classic – the beautiful prose, the emotions aroused in the reader  (sometimes disturbing), even the political symbolism in the time it was written. All of that and English wasn’t even Nabokov’s first language. 

No one can convince you or change your mind if you refuse to read the book. READ IT and then decide whetheror not to condemn the majority of professors of literature or reviewers who have read, appreciated, taught and loved the novel. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

It’s “great” because this is a patriarchal society. President of the United States is a proud sex offender. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I agree with echomomm – there’s no point in discussing a book with someone who hasn’t read it.  I’d add that there are more purposes to literature than to make someone feel safe and good.  Lolita is one of the finest examples of the unreliable narrator viewpoint in the canon.  A great deal of its power is derived from the reader seeing through the eyes of a horrible person.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

lauralaura123 :  give it a try and see. How can you not love this:

And presently I was driving through the drizzle of the dying day, with the windshield wipers in full action but unable to cope with my tears.”

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

It’s one of my favorite books. I guess if you need an example- think of it like Schindler’s List. It covers a horrible subject matter but in an amazing beautiful way.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

That’s one of the points of Lolita…to portray a monster in a sympathetic way so that the reader becomes complicit with the narrator and consequently disgusted with themselves. There is no question that Humbert Humbert is a delusional monster and unreliable narrator and Nabokov made no bones about that…especially when analyzing Humbert’s character from other’s perspectives.

You have to give books a chance, especially this one because it does require more than a surface level reading.

It would be like reading the first few pages of The Great Gatsby and calling it a love story. It’s not and there’s so much more to it. 

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