Posted by Lynne on August 07, 1998 at 14:34:51:
In response to But he wanted us to like humbert as well. , written by Cassia on August 06, 1998 at 19:40:59
] The novel works well as art and as a novel because Nabokov gets us to like or even enjoy something truly disgusting and harmful. Therefor you interpretation is an excellant take. Afterall, don't all addicts get to the point where thier behaviour is simutaneously stimulating and stuplifying?
Yes, quite true....HH is so human, and you do have compassion for this man who, while doing something very wrong, also seems very sensitive and fragile...and so wants to feel deeply, but uses the wrong outlet to express it.
I haven't read this book in a long while, so need to give it a read. I understand Jeremy Irons did the new audiotape of this...maybe will check out if my library has it (they didn't have the book the other night when I looked for it). I feel a little like I am groping in the dark trying to discuss this book. The one chapter I remember most clearly is when HH and L go on road trip of the US...an amazing chapter as I recall, describing the tawdry side of American life.
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