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Monday, December 04, 2006

Reading Lolita in Westlake

You would think that after my experience with "Memoirs of a Beatnik" I would not venture to read another book dealing with extreme intimacy. Wrong. I have decided that after owning the book for a long time (five years) it is time I finally pick up "Lolita" and make an attempt at getting through it. What strikes me as I read the first few chapters last night was the Joycean style. Although more cohesive and lineal, "Lolita" offers some of the same experimentation with language that made me read "Ulysses" twice (yes, that was a task). From what I read so far, "Lolita" is a precursor to the postmodernist movement. The many allusions and literary references even at the very opening of the novel is enough to tantalize the academic in most of us. The little that I know of the narrator already sheds light into the complexity of his character. I have heard that one cannot hate this narrator for what he does even if one tries. That to me is the sign of a "human" character, a character the reader identifies with and from whom he can accept a little (or a big) imperfection. So, I'll be updating on and off about "Lolita." If you've read it and want to comment, please do so.

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At 2:36 PM, Blogger Espeso said...

to on leyetai pollaxos...

el ser (lo que es) se dice (se manifiesta) de muchas maneras

At 11:36 PM, Blogger mist1 said...

My daily perfume is Lolita somethingorother.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger The Yacht Broker said...

Lolita is nice book!

I read it in russian,
I've heard Nabokov first wrote this
book in english and then translated
it in russian - his mother tongue.

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Mar said...

Mis cariños en español...para ti.

At 12:01 AM, Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Could I dare capsule all that you've said with the word 'brilliant', JCR?

At 9:13 AM, Blogger ThunderHeart said...

hello, person...

thank u for the coment... =)

u wont understand anything on my blog... BUT u saw my picture! lol

anyway... thanks*


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