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

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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

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

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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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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.
 

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

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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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Agreed - how about a female author?

We could go for something totally different like Girl, Woman, Other?
 

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I would HIGHLY recommend Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk :disco: :disco:

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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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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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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yes, my fellow Humberts, I finally finished this (last month). the reason it took so long was definitely not the book's fault (rather my dry spelling spell) because what a RAMBLING SENSATION :disco: it's wordy but every string of words is a little debauched morsel, not to mention the content itself. even the writer's afterword was great. I did lose the plot a bit at the end when H.H. was driving around with a gun, and of course many of the American references and symbols throw you off a bit but it was still a joyride
 

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