April Books 24) Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

The next book on my list is actually Reading Lolita in Tehran, so I thought I might as well re-read Nabokov’s original. (I have to admit I have absolutely no idea how important Lolita is in Nafisi’s book, but didn’t want to take chances.)

It is a fascinating novel, with the narrator appalled and disgusted by his own behaviour, and a series of other memorable characters – the ex-wife; Lolita’s mother; the dentist’s evil nephew (as played by Peter Sellers to James Mason’s Humbert in the flm); and of course Lolita herself, who gains dignity and independence, however briefly, from the terrible situations that older men have inflicted on her.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in Iran.

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  1. I, too, had never heard of Jupiter Moon until sometime in the past year, when it was pointed out by one of the UK correspondents on James Nicoll’s blog.

    I was astonished to learn that there had been a more-or-less-hard-SF TV soap opera, and even more astonished to learn that one could watch many episodes streamed from the IMDB site.

    Thanks for the link, which was most interesting. How many other soap operas have been so careful to get their plasma physics straight?

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