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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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raycun
May. 1st, 2009 08:35 am (UTC)
It is a wonderful book
I'm always surprised when I read people who've read Lolita and think Nabokov was an uncaring aesthete. There are some really crushing moments in Lolita.
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