Posted: 05 September 2012 at 8:11am | IP Logged
Originally posted by arisai
Originally posted by V323
First things first- Lolilta. I am in absolute love with that book. It was a profoundly eye opening read, and it made me want to open up to new ideas.
If my opinion counts... after Lolita's mother dies, Humbert and Lolita had no blood relation. They were free to do as they chose. And I agree. Humbert can hardly be called a reliable narrator. And somehow, the book didn't seem too scandalous to me. And to boot off, the book was funny.
Second thing... I'm second.
This was another beautiful chapter Rafa! WOW!! Khushi... the other day... I was showering and thinking about when you'd update next.
Khushi is such a complicated character. I can feel the doctor's desperation to unravel her growing on me. Like... I read one chapter and then I'm like... what next! what next! WHAT NEXT??/// Dude. The games you play with my heart! I'll die.
Are you back from Korea, just btw?
Oh dear- you have engaged me in a talk about literature. Prepare to suffer the consequences woman ;)
I expected what everyone does before they actually read the book, to hate Humbert and pity Lolita- but Lolita was FAR more devious and twisted a character than I thought she'd be and at times, it got to the point where I actually pitied Humbert how easily he was being manipulated by his little nymphet. Hah yes, it was funny- except ngl, my A* in GCSE French was clearly not down to long-term memory as I had to look up a lot of the random French in it. I thought the relationship was uncomfortable just because she was 12, I'm fine with bigger age gaps provided both of the people involved are of age. And I feel like, because Humbert acknowledges that what he does is wrong- you kind of... I don't know, you don't forgive him or sympathise- but you understand him. And that's kind of what I feel is the most disturbing aspect of the book.
It's different to the feeling of reading something like Suskind's Perfume when you hate the character but read on because his desperation and justification of what he does is fascinating, despite the fact that you yourself don't understand at all.
Haha thanks. I didn't update this while I was in Korea because I just didn't have the time and also Svengali was eating away at my head too much.
Yes indeed I am back- after what ended up being 43 hours of travelling (Jeju to Gimpo, Gimpo to Incheon, Incheon to Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi to Heathrow, Heathrow to Cambridge, Cambridge to Hull- with up to six hour waits in between) I have returned.
From one booklover to another
I know right?
I don't have french as an add on subject... so that is when my cousins came to rescue!
Yep. When I first heard about it... I was like bloody hell!! That mother f**king sonofabitch!
But as I read the story, I found I could... you know... understand him. Not forgive him. Maybe not even ever allow sympathy to creep into my heart for him... because the way I see it... Humbert was as much to blame as Lolita. In a way. I didn't HATE Humbert. But no... his desperation to soothe his conscience was indeed... disturbing. Very disturbing.
I know what you mean. Its like picking off a particularly HUGE scab, if you can relate. Like... you want to peel it off, and you do peel it off, but when you do it HURTS.
ooohhh Svengali!! I... I... I LOVE IT!!! Like OHMAYYGOSH!!! What an absolutely brilliant concept. What I find intriguing is that in both Tainted and Svengali, Khushi is shown as an innocent girl, until the big bad world gets her. And then she changes. For better or for worse, that is for you to write and for me to read
I'm guessing you had a great trip?