Archive for September, 2010

Lolita (fin)

Hello everyone. I’m back from my vacation, seeing family was great, and I’m getting back into the swing of things. Last time, I mentioned that I was about a fourth of the way into Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and said that I would return with my verdict about it once I’d finished. I was thankfully unable to read it on my trip, as I was busy seeing family I haven’t seen in years, but I’ve had this week to really enjoy the story.

Before I go any further, I want to address some warnings for the reader. I don’t know what you may have heard about Lolita, but it has a reputation for being a controversial book for a reason. I am not giving it away when I tell you that Lolita is told from a pedophile’s point of view. Humbert Humbert, the narrator, is completely obsessed with Dolores Haze (Lolita), who he first meets when she is 11 years old. He enters into a sexual relationship with her. It is half abusive, half insane. It is an unescapable fact that Lolita is a disturbing read and not for everyone. If you can’t stomach the subject, don’t bother to read the rest of this post as I will specifically talk about the elements of writing used within the story (so it will be more objective), but I will also talk about the subjects within the book. Last warning, if you do not want to read about this subject in any context, stop right here.

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Back from Argentina

Hello everyone. This isn’t a normal update since I just got back from a trip to Argentina to see my family. Just wanted to do a quick run through of what I’ll be posting next. I’ll be posting my thoughts on the end of Lolita, a review of Molly Harper’s the Jane Jameson series (I have since discovered it is called the “Nice Girls Don’t” series), and Metallic Love by Tanith Lee, the sequel to The Silver Metal Lover (which I loved and raved about last week). For writing, I’ve still got to post my take on romance (in fact, I think that’ll be the next post) and some more writerly advice I didn’t include when I was keeping track of Write On Con.

So see you soon in the next post.

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