Originally Posted by _R$_
Oh, "Lolita" was such a good movie. Sad and strange... How'd the movie compare to the book?
I'd have to say that "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce is one of my all time favorites. To me, a strangely satisfying book, where you don't care as much about the relationships as much as you care WHY people did the things they did in said relationships. Kind of hard to visualize that, but it worked in my brain.
Brian Jacques. Fantasy children's books spanning over two centuries of rich woodland (and seaside) creature history. Fantastic saga.
Anyone who hasn't read "A Prayer for Owen Meany" probably should. It's a very entertaining read.
"D-artag-non" I actually have heard that before.
Kid's these days.
Which version of Lolita?
Stanley Kubrick's film is superb, from the very first frame ( A pedicure??) --though Lolita is 14 rather than 12, and Peter Sellers as Claire Quilty either improvised or was given a bunch of lines and a bunch of business not in the book, On film, they work magnificently. -- And it doesn't hurt that Nabakov wrote the screenplay. James Mason as HH and Shirley Winters as her mom are perfect..
Jeremy Iron's (who directed it , anyway?) 1997 remake is a good adaptation, and Lolita's the right age but I could have done without the expostition.--Also her mother's part is cut to a tiny role, unlike Kubrick's and unlike the book.
I believe I'm trying to say that while I think the world of Jeremy Irons, Kubrick's version is far better. Both are faithfull enough to the book.
btw, Vanity Fair called the novel " The only convincing love story of our century."
I predict you'll love the novel, though it's fairly short for Nabokov, about 300 pages.
What the hell, I've got to read " A Portrait of the Artist . . ." I made the mistake of trying to read Ulysses, which I never finished--life's too short.
Hm . . .anybody read " The Good Soldier? " by Ford Maddox Ford? A classic, only 200 pages--and I gave up at page 30. Too British, perhaps?
Hey thanks, beachroses!
The Idiot is heartbreaking---well all of Dos is--and Crime and Punishment is my 2nd favorite after Brothers.
Maybe there's a way to make money on Dumas? Engage gamblers in conversation at the Las Vegas Public Library and bet them that in the sequels, Aramis conspires to become The Pope? How many would know?
Hesse was enormously popular during the late '60s--Wonder what went wrong with the world? Siddhartha, Demian, Steppenwolf . . .
" Beauty is merciless. You do not look at it, it looks at you and does not forgive."