Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lolita

Yowch.

Now THIS is a book...

8 comments:

Spencer Troxell said...

I liked 'Invitation To A Beheading' better.

Brian said...

Careful with that one.

What constitutes a nymph?

You'll keep an eye out for examples. Even if you're a good person.

treated said...

that book is my life. or that story... why was paul kavanagh tagged in it? what am i missing?

Matt DiGangi said...

Because I read about 5 pages of it before realizing that it was obviously a huge influence on his work.

Is it true Charles Bronson was in the movie version?

JTK said...

No that's not true. The Kubrick version didn't have him and he was dead before the Adrian Lyne version.

Unless you are a fan of Peter Sellers the Lyne version is much better, a lot more erotic. Except the Lolita in the kubrick version is hotter.

Anyway I can't stand that book because it was always my ex wife's favorite novel and she was all obsessed with trying to dress like that girl and anyway Lolita and Nabokov always make me think of her.

I did read his short stories while in jail about 700 hundred pages worth.

A little known fact about Lolita is that it was hugely influenced by Patricia Highsmith's lesbian love affair novel "The Price Of Salt".

Either way Frank Langella was amazing as Quilty in the film and I'm surprised that he is only now getting recognized for his talent after that Frost/Nixon movie.

mather said...

Lolita is the only one of Nabakov's books in my opinion that has a story/situation that lives up to his incredible style. It takes guts to use an ornamental style in the age of Hemingway, it took an immigrant! Usually this style does nothing but cover up the lack of story, that is why people mistrust it, as they should. But, the story in Lolita is perfect. The book is like Geek Love, for me. Besides that, the first paragraph alone in Lolita has more poetry and intrigue in it than most modern poetry journals taken whole. I've read it twice and it is unique each time.

Matt DiGangi said...

When I read this book, I envision Dan Hedaya as Humbert.

Anonymous said...

Duh