I’m reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Yes, THAT Lolita*. AND, I purchased The Annotated ___ Edited with preface, introduction, and notes by Alfred Appel, Jr. Revised and Updated, too!
Softdrink is organizing a read-along, so do check out her post if you want to join us.
Do you think this book would qualify for the RIP-IV? It surely IS creepy and has the power to make. skin. crawl.
September 26th through October 3rd 2009 will be the official Banned Books Week sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).
This is my first annotated book and I’m not sure yet how I’m going to use it. Should I just read the story THEN go back and read the notes? Do I only check back when I need all the freaking French explained/translated? I do admit I like the word definitions, even the English words — quick and handy. (For a great post on her thoughts about annotations, visit Eva and her post on her beloved P&P)
I did not read the Introduction – I think I bring enough assumptions about what this book is about just from popular culture reference that I don’t need anymore to distract me or ruin the story. I did, however, read the Preface. Get this:
“This annotated edition, a corrected and chastely revised version of the edition first published in 1970, is designed for the general reader and particularly for use in college literature courses.”
WHAT?!?! chastely revised? Do I need to go find the original-original; are they saying the NOTES are corrected and not Nabokov’s novel? Anyway, I was bit offput by this sentence but am jumping in anyway.
“…, the reader of Lolita attempts to arrive at some sense of its overall “meaning,” while at the same time having to struggle with the difficulties posed by the recondite materials and rich, elaborate verbal textures.”
I had to look up recondite: (of a subject or knowledge) little known; abstruse. and then had to look up abstruse: difficult to understand; obscure.
Let the fun begin!! What are YOU reading for Banned Books Week? The Biblio Blogazine has much more info on Banned Books, challenges, lists, etc.
* It cracks me up how many times I’ve been responded to with “Reading Lolita in Tehran?” when I’ve mentioned Lolita, even at the library, no less. (this RLIT book also pops up first when you do a library search on just Lolita. Then after that, I asked the librarian at the ref desk and she asked, too!) I did read Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (and recommend) a few years before I knew about book blogging. I have always hoped to get to the real, the original, the classic Lolita. Here goes.