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Tuesday, February 05, 2008


Have you ever read Lolita? I waited a long time to read it because the thought of an older man seducing a young girl upset me. But finally I went for it, and lo and behold, I loved it. The writing is gorgeous, the plot compelling and the characters hilarious and vivid. And even though you hate Humbert Humbert, the narrator, it's fascinating to see inside his mind.

This photo by Gisela Flic is EXACTLY how I envisioned Lolita. I gasped when I stumbled across it.

Here's a typical Lolita ensemble:
Heart-shaped sunglasses
a plaid shirt
and denim button-up shorts.


Jessie Cacciola said...

I have yet to read it, but it reminds me of Jodi Foster in Taxi Driver (creepy!) ...what a cute idea for a post =)
- Jessie -

pom said...

Yes yes, a lot of Nabokov is so great!

lucy gk said...

isn't it a stunning book? the allusions and the writing style were unlike anything else i've read. i recommend it, too!

cedar said...

What a fun post! I haven't yet read the book, though I did see the film, and loved it.

Those shorts are absolutely wonderful!!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Looks like I know what book and what shorts I'm goingot pick up next time I'm at the store.

laceyJ. said...

Thanks for the idea... I'm in need of something new to read... funny, I'll probably picture Lolita how you did now that I've seen a picture!

Wendy said...

I have heard about the book and the movie but won't read it until probably next year for English. I want heart shaped lolita sunglasses.

Liivia said...

I have Lolita in my book-shelf, but I haven't read it yet. Thank you for a reminder!

Those shorts is lovely!

mahret said...

I've just seen the movie...
But I love that girl. I total Lolita resemblance...

ALL THE BEST said...

I guess I have been in the same camp Jo, but guess I should give it a go...

Mary-Laure said...

A friend gave it to me so I HAD to read it, and actually found it very good. However, I live Nabokov's short stories better.
Did you know that as a child in Russia he had dachshunds like my own little Benjy (aka the Oracle)? I saw pics in his autobio, 'Speak, memory'.

The movie starring Jeremy Irons is great, too.

Thea Orange said...

I love, love those shorts.

Bethany Hissong said...

That photo by Gisela Flic is so great! I need to follow your link to see more of her work. I wish I was a better photographer, but then, I think I'd rather draw her!

Jeannie said...

after you read it, don't you feel like it's the other way around - the young girl seduces the older man... n'est ce pas?

michelle said...

Dude, I never would have guessed it would be so

Snobber said...

if i were stranded on a desert island, and i could only have one book, it would be lolita.

lo. li. ta.

light of my life, fire of my loins

paigepop said...

is it bad that i LOVE those sunglasses? i have always wanted to read this. thanks for reminding me of this classic.

Bexy said...

george at asda (is this just a british supermarket?)are doing these sunglasses this summer for only £4. watch out for them and snap them up quickly- i'm betting on them being absurdly popular

Joanna Goddard said...

good to know, bexy! thanks for the tip.

and jeannie, i didn't get that impression when i was reading the book, but i'm curious to read it again and see if i do....that's an interesting point!


ali said...

I want that outfit. The heart-shaped sunglasses, specifically.

Jessica said...

the book is fantastic and I enjoyed it when I read it a few years back.

Brittney said...

such a pretty photo. Lolita - Wanna read it!

g. said...

Beautiful portrait.

h&b said...

I read it this year, and thought it wouldn't bother me because i've read a lot of books others wouldn't touch, b/c of disturbing imagery, or otherwise.

I have to say, it wasn't a fave, and although it's on my bookshelf, I think I may take it to the Op Shop soon. I feel kinda creepy having it in my home....

babelfish said...

I like the Lolita ensemble picks and beautiful portrait.

Pomegranate said...

I saw the movie. It was amazing. This post surprised me because I just read an article about Nabokov in a previous issue of Vogue.

meg said...

that is one of my favorite books. It's amazing how he can write such a disturbing story so beautifully.

Murray said...

Fantastic book (and post). The Kubrick movie was good as well, Peter Sellers was incredible. Must read, then see!

franki durbin said...

honestly I haven't read it. maybe it's time to pick up a classic and indulge.

and yes, the lolita image does look bizarrely like the girl we have in our minds when we envision lolita.

thanks for the book recommendation! ;)

Heather said...

I clicked on this because Lolita is actually one of my favorites... it's a terrible subject, but a prose poem. And English wasn't even Nabokov's first language! I haven't seen the Kubrick movie but I think I want to...

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