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  •  If you were raised in the 50's and 60's.... (3+ / 0-)

    ..and you were raised catholic, you were quite familiar with the Legion of Decency and their monthly list of movies and books which were allowed and which were not.

    Which, of course, lead me to read all SORTS of forbidden literature, as ponderous as some of it was. Nabokov's "Lolita" comes to mind. It didn't come off as "sexy" so much as depressing and sad. Of course, I was about ten or eleven...

    From the dawn of Genus Homo, we have that peculiar strain of person in the human family who cannot stand the fact someone else is doing something that they forbid themselves. For whatever reason, they believe they have the right -nay!- the DUTY to make sure nobody ever pleasures themselves again.

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Sun May 19, 2013 at 12:18:48 AM PDT

    •  Lolita. . . sad? alienating, erotic, creepy (2+ / 0-)
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      CanisMaximus, RiveroftheWest

      I read that novel at the peak of hormonal intoxication. While I was attempting to read it for literature, it was difficult for me, as a 17 year old man, to do so.

      The sadness is supposed to be there, without any doubt, but, then, that's asking for us to forgive and to accept the narrator's version of his pedophilia. More, we have to accept from him that it's a refinement, or at least not a perversion, while Lolita herself assures us that it is every bit of a perversion.

      The novel asked to be offensive. It employs an inclusive narrator, so the reader is drawn into the ego and desire of a social and psychological criminal, and therefore the readers are asked to find erotic (and therefore be alienated and attentive to) things forbidden or rejected. Meanwhile, the "nymph" is anything but a nymph. It's too strong a novel to ban or, honestly, to read more than once; it's also, though, a novel that resists any single adjective.

      (My female friends have been quicker to find the humor in the satire or the sadness.)

      "...ere God made us He loved us; which love was never slacked, nor ever shall be." - Juliana of Norwich

      by The Geogre on Sun May 19, 2013 at 06:30:09 AM PDT

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