Re: Has anyone read an 'You Can't Put It Down' book lately?
Originally Posted by GreekChick
I agree about "Lolita". This book was a huge page turner for me. You do end up feeling bad for the narrator, even though he's a sick twisted pedophile. Yet you never find out if he truly did love Lolita, or if it was just something sexual disguised under an illusion of "love". Also, the reader never really understands how *she* feels for him. Does she hate him? You see everything through the narrator's eyes, which leads to thinking she actually reciprocates his feelings. All in all, amazing book!
There have been 2 "Lolita" movies.The recent one from Adrian Lyne was the one I prefered the most. It's a must-watch as well. I think Dominique Swain was excellent in the role of Lolita.
In some sense, I think he loved her but it was mostly infatuation and obsession. I would say if he could actually have her love and affection 100%, he'd get bored. I don't think she loved him, but she craved some sort of love because of her familial situation.
There's very interesting commentary written by literary scholars how it's an analogy for Europe and the US.
The Lyne version is the best, even though the Kubrick was by Kubrick and the script was by Nabokov, but- it just fell flat for me. Jeremy Irons was a great Humbert.
If you want a sort of funny book google "Semisonic drummer book." The drummer of that band, Semisonic, wrote this awesome book about the rise and fall of the band and how the music industry works. It's somewhat funny but kind of bittersweet, because they really aren't any more and they were a pretty good band.