Lolita Gets Dissed
By Book Club Member
In what has to be ranked among the most ridiculous literary observations of the 21st century, a Philadelphia book club member, Sarah Clark, told The Philadelphia Inquirer (3 xii 08) regarding Vladimir Nabokov's masterpiece:
'I thought it was kind of boring. I couldn't get into it. It was too wordy,' pretend-reader Sarah said.
Too wordy? As in poetic imagery, perhaps? As in not enough pictures, Sarah? Sarah, go back to high school, or whatever sandbox you graduated from. Your's isn't a Book Club; it's 100-Book-Challenge.
Welcome to America! Philadelphia division.
Of course, Lolita is arguably one of the ten best books in English of the 20th century. Oh, well.
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Dumb Stuff: Literary Notes from America
Film version with Sue Lyon, left, and Peter Sellers