NaNoReMo08: Lolita It Is!

Well, I was going to dust off my voting script from last year and let y’all weigh in on the NaNoReMo08 selection, but, in the comments on the last thread, Lolita kinda ran away with it. Pick up a copy and report back Monday for your syllabus.

Also, we will be reading Infinite Jest. Not in November, but soon. Get a copy by year’s end–it will be put to good use.

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28 comments.

  1. I’ve never commented, nor have I ever participated in NaNoblahblahblah, but I’m going tomorrow to pick up a copy of Lolita. And I’m going to do my best.

  2. I’ve never commented, nor have I ever participated in NaNoblahblahblah, but I’m going tomorrow to pick up a copy of Lolita. And I’m going to do my best.

  3. I know I had a copy once upon a time… I have a feeling it’s in a box in my parents’ basement! Guess I’ll hop over to The Strand and pick up another one.

    Afterward, let’s read Reading Lolita in Tehran! I started that one a few years ago but never finished it. And while we’re reading Lolita, we can pretend to be in Tehran, and then when we get to RLIT, we can be all, “Pfft, sooooo last month. And this isn’t what it was like at all! Tehranese need to do their research, fo shizzle.”

  4. I’m in for both. I have a copy of Infinite Jest that I am about ten pages into, and have started Lolita before but never finished. NaTwoNoReMo08. :)

  5. I’m plugging along with Infinite Jest. I figure I’ll have it finished before I’m fifty. (I’m thirty-five.)

  6. My favorite book ever. GET THE ANNOTATED EDITION UNLESS YOU READ FRENCH.

  7. I’ve never heard of NaNoReMo, although I’m signed up for NaNoWriMo again this year so the only thing I’ll be reading is the crap streaming from my fingers.

  8. Oh, jeez! Infinite Jest? Thank god you didn’t make that a month-long read.

  9. I’ll echo Scarlet Pervygirl: get the annotated Lolita. I just re-read it last summer: it’s even better than I’d remembered. Alfred Appel (the annotator) does a great job explaining Nab’s aesthetic.

    Infinite Jest, I’m down for reading it again.

  10. I’ll echo Scarlet Pervygirl: get the annotated Lolita. I just re-read it last summer: it’s even better than I’d remembered. Alfred Appel (the annotator) does a great job explaining Nab’s aesthetic.

    Infinite Jest, I’m down for reading it again.

  11. I’ll echo Scarlet Pervygirl: get the annotated Lolita. I just re-read it last summer: it’s even better than I’d remembered. Alfred Appel (the annotator) does a great job explaining Nab’s aesthetic.

    Infinite Jest, I’m down for reading it again.

  12. I’ll echo Scarlet Pervygirl: get the annotated Lolita. I just re-read it last summer: it’s even better than I’d remembered. Alfred Appel (the annotator) does a great job explaining Nab’s aesthetic.

    Infinite Jest, I’m down for reading it again.

  13. Excellent. I guess i’ll be buying a copy, can you be believe the library is completely out?

  14. I’m going to spoil the end for you…the boat sinks.

  15. Ooh, good choice. I actually just read Lolita for the first time a few weeks ago and loved it. Actually, by “read” I mean “listened to the audiobook as narrated by Jeremy Irons.” It was fantastic.

  16. I recently finished listening to Lolita as an audiobook, read by Jeremy Irons. He was an ideal reader, as HH is a European living in the US and Irons’ refined voice perfectly fits his character. I got a lot more out of the book listening to it that I did reading it years ago. Suggest folks get this audio version.

  17. What’s this about preteens? What are you wearing? Is it hot?

    McCain/Palin 2008 — Support Family Values, one child rape at a time. USA! USA! USA!

  18. I teach college English and when I see a book described like this, “bends every rule of fiction, features a huge cast and multilevel narrative, and questions essential elements of American culture” I think, “ouch, that will be painful to read”. It sounds like the American version of a Russian novel, lots of people, confusing names and a pace that moves slower than glaciers. I don’t know, I’m just guessing. I’ll take you up on the Lolita though.

  19. 3rd recommendation for audio book with Jeremy Irons reading. It’s really a book that should be read aloud. Well and it really shouldn’t either. Ideally it should be listened to while driving on non-interstate highways. I still can’t look at roadside mom and pop motels without thinking of that book.

  20. Conveniently I just read the first four chapters of that yesterday

  21. Yay! I already have a copy of Lolita. What a recession-savvy good little girl I am. Count me in! Excellent choice, sir!

  22. I’m in! Doing the audibook version read by Jeremy Irons.

  23. I’m in. But Matthew, I’m having doubts. It’s already the 2nd, and we don’t have a syllabus. How much should I read today?

  24. I’m in too, but my copy won’t arrive until later in the week.

    And @Mark: child rape is not family values. Making the child pay for the rape kit and denying access to an abortion afterwords, *that’s* family values!

  25. Alas, I can’t seem to find Lolita as an e-book. Anyone else? Now that I have a Kindle I can’t seem to justify buying paper books any more. Can you wait to do the Infinite Jest project until that one is e-available? It’s a brick, for goodness sake!

  26. For other kindle readers, I found this pdf version:

    http://www.vahidnab.com/lolita.pdf

  27. I guess I’m in, as long as The Name of the Wind (Pat Rothfuss) is next year’s novel. By then the second one will be out, so all the people who discover its awesomeness will be able to run out for the sequel.

    Who am I kidding, I’d be in anyway.

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