07:13:34 PM Aug 6th 2015
Why is this book hailed as an example of an unreliable narrator? I don't know about anyone else but I never got the impression Humbert was deceiving the audience or giving false information. He's certainly trying to elicit sympathy but everything he says seems to be true, disturbingly too true. He goes into great detail about his reprehensible acts, not just the kidnapping/rape but the wanton murder too. If he was trying to tell us Lolita was completely down with the whole pedophile thing then simply would have said it instead of describing the pains he went through trying to drug her. I don't see anything to suggest that everything mentioned in the novel is 100% true (in the fictional universe of course).
10:19:54 AM Jul 8th 2014
I'm trying to decide if it's worth making the distinction between pedophilia and hebephilia? It seems clear to me that the novel deals with issues of hebephilia, NOT pedophilia, but mentioning that might be seen as an attempt to mitigate or excuse the immoral actions of the novel.
10:31:55 AM Jul 8th 2014
Nah, I don't think the distinction is worth making here - the novel is known for that, and the distinction is mostly academic in nature.
12:08:49 AM Mar 15th 2013
Under "Annotated Edition," it would be nice to acknowledge that Alfred Appel did in fact exist. He taught at Northwestern, and continued to write about Nabokov, until his own death in 2000: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Appel
06:25:05 AM Dec 5th 2012
Has anyone read the description page for "road trip romance"? A pedophile grooming a victim would be an absolutely offensive thing to describe as romance. I'd change it myself, but sadly the page is locked.
10:32:42 AM May 5th 2012
The page existed for a long time. Then it was cut (blanked and locked) for concerns about complying with new content policy rules. Now it's been restored (put back/made into a page again) as it doesn't violate any rules.
10:01:27 PM May 6th 2012
Thanks. Will it ever be unlocked? I have an item to add under "Meaningful Names".
02:47:24 AM May 7th 2012
Edit requests can be made here. It's verrry unlikely that this will be unlocked any time soon; at the moment it's a big potential target for vandalism, and the work can be controvertial so it may be easier to keep it locked.