Re: RARA-AVIS: RE : Lolita and noir

From: Patrick King (
Date: 12 Feb 2007

Okay, but there's a lot more humor in Thompson's Recoil, when Pat has to get that corpse out of the elevator, or in Highsmith's Ripley Underground when Ripley is trying to get the corpse out of his wine cellar in the wheelbarrow and it keeps falling over, than there is anywhere in Lolita. Lolita is a psychological study of one type of child molester...and the child he molests, for in Lolita, the child is NOT innocent. Nabokov makes Humbert a tragic but not detestable figure. Clair Quilty is much easier to hate than Humbert is. One can even relate in some ways to Humbert's problem. In the wide world there is some crazy denial that children don't think about sex until they're 16 or so. Anyone's who's actually lived life knows children experiment with sex much much younger than that. That adults have a responsibility to control their behavior with children is the given. That some adults cannot and why, is the subject of the novel. I'm sure there were passages in Lolita that made me smile, but I would not catagorize Lolita as a "very funny" novel. Any more than the life of Paul Shanley was a very funny life.

Patrick King

--- Richard Moore <> wrote:

> --- In, Patrick King
> <abrasax93@...> wrote:
> >
> > Could you possibly quote some of the especially
> > hillarious passages you recall so I can understand
> at
> > least what you mean?
> If you are expecting me to quote a few
> knee-slappers, that isn't going
> to happen. Dissecting humor is a grim task that
> kills the object of
> the examination and it is the sort of academic
> exercise that I find
> tedious in the extreme. As I said before, I respect
> your opinion but
> we clearly find humor at times in different ways and
> in different
> places.
> Richard Moore

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