Moopy Book Club (May '20): Vladimir Nabokov - 'Lolita'

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  1. Suedey

    Suedey Mmmm yes.

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    'Lolita is comedy, subversive yet divine ... You read Lolita sprawling limply in your chair, ravished, overcome, nodding scandalised assent' Martin Amis, Observer

    From Goodreads.com:


    Humbert Humbert - scholar, aesthete and romantic - has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady's gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious word play, Lolita is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust.
     
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  2. Chlammy

    Chlammy Climb on through my window.

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    In!
     
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  3. Mats

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    ah yes, I shall buy this once I get back to the city from Shruff End
     
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  4. Shirley

    Shirley BIG-HEARTED BUNNY

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    Is there ANY OTHER WAY to READ? :disco:
     
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    You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style :disco:
     
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  6. RaspberrySwirl

    RaspberrySwirl Leftover

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    :disco:

    I’ll go buy it soon and will start reading as soon as I’m back from the sea (the sea).
     
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  7. ameraal

    ameraal trash

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    i'm waiting for my copy any day now too.
     
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  8. jivafox

    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    I spilt candle wax on my copy so it now looks like it has a rather suspicious stain.
     
  9. big ron

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    I read this while in South East Asia. Grubby.
     
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    big ron Nude inspector

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    In fact I'm 99% certain I picked it up from the 'take a book leave a book' type library in some bungalows we stayed in, which adds more grubbiness to that story.
     
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  11. ameraal

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    my (beautiful) copy has arrived.

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    it's much thinner than i thought. how are we doing this?
     
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  12. Mats

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    Lolita is in the house! I shall commence this weekend
     
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  13. RaspberrySwirl

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    I’ve got my copy too. Will start next week.
     
  14. ameraal

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    i has started this but i left it a quarter of the way in for giovanni's room which was simply beckoning me.

    i'm enjoying the writing so far but it does feel a bit murky... also, i'm starting to think i've already read it an age ago.
    anyway, will report back.
     
  15. RaspberrySwirl

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    How are you my darling nymphets dealing with the poison in your loins?

    I read about a third of this yesterday and can’t wait to read more today. Am I this sick and perverted or is it just too ridiculous and exciting? I’m loving the writing and the moist atmosphere of it all. Lolita I can’t help imagining being Ariana Grande or Natalie Portman in Leon, which makes it all even dirtier.
     
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  16. ameraal

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    i find his contempt (and mild disgust) for females over the age of 14 quite hilarious.

    can't wait to see what the point is of the whole thing is.
     
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  17. RaspberrySwirl

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    I mean I can’t believe how disgustingly old Mrs Haze (35) is.
     
  18. jivafox

    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    Welcome on board my little Humbertines :disco:
     
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    I loved this like I loved Lana’s Ride video. :disco: I don’t know what to say, I was scandalized and disgusted by it, but at the same time I enjoyed both the chase and the search for Lolita, and ended up almost feeling sorry for Humbert. I wish some parts of it were shown from Lolita’s pov but I guess that would have turned it into a different kind of tale.
     
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    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I have retrieved my copy from storage, sluts!!!!
     
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  21. Suedey

    Suedey Mmmm yes.

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    Naturally I loved it. The narrative, the style, the language, the humour.. it was brilliant.

    I supplemented it by watching the original Stanley Kubrick film as well. Highly recommended!

    4/5
     
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    Suedey Mmmm yes.

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    That reminds me - we need to pick a June Book Club choice!
     
  23. Mats

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    coincidentally I read an article about Richard Huckle yesterday and briefly felt awful for picking it up :D :zombie:

    I'm about halfway through. the narration is so bubbling with energy, I love it
     
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    Tisch Shiru Shiru!

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    I might join you for June! I need to start reading more. I'm frightfully slow though so expect any comments in a few years.
     
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  25. RaspberrySwirl

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    After two misogynist books in a row we need something different for June.
     
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  26. Suedey

    Suedey Mmmm yes.

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    Agreed - how about a female author?

    We could go for something totally different like Girl, Woman, Other?
     
  27. Zu-Klara

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    How about something by AYN RAND? :disco:
     
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    I would HIGHLY recommend Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk :disco: :disco:
     
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    Oh YES INDEED! Did I mention that one elsewhere a while ago? (Admittedly I’m still only halfway through but it is so beautifully written)
     
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  30. Suedey

    Suedey Mmmm yes.

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    We're going with Carol. It was decided in the other thread. But thanks for your contributions. We may consider them for July.
     
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    OMG it was an instant classic FOR LIFE when I read it :disco: :D

    i find the wonderful lead character so RELATABLE/aspirational! :disco:
     
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    My copy of this has just arrived and I’ll probably finish it by this time next year or never, so don’t expect a review. I obviously haven’t been paying attention as I didn’t realise that Lolita was only 12 (:side-eye:). Actually I might end up finishing it sooner, given that I’m almost certainly as sick and perverted as @RaspberrySwirl if not more so :disco:
     
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    I’m so starting this NOW :horny:
     
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  34. RaspberrySwirl

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    Try reading it without getting a hardon.
     
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    :D Pervert. No boner yet (15 pages in) although the exceptionally scintillating writing itself is making me feel quite :horny:
     
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