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  •  I found all that stuff brilliant. (5+ / 0-)
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    After she disappears and it turns into a B-grade mystery. I dunno, I only read it once, maybe a second reading would change my opinion. But the first three quarters blew me away. I always approach classics with great cynicism, but I was amazed. And then he's checking hotel registers, blah blah, the whole Clare Q subplot ... yuck.

    There were a few things that seems wildly convenient, too (the car crash, the sexual experiences at camp), but they didn't bug me. The Quilty, mistaken-identity, child-porn, murder stuff, though ...

    "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

    by GussieFN on Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 05:50:08 PM PST

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    •  Yeah, that's him. Very puzzle-box. (5+ / 0-)
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      Emmet, GussieFN, Mnemosyne, SensibleShoes, cfk

      Not uncommon to have his works dissolve into their own referentiality (for a very extreme case, see Invitation to a Beheading).  

      I barely remember Lolita, but I've binged on his other novels since then, and his (often superior) short stories.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 05:51:57 PM PST

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      •  Honestly, it didn't strike me as self-referential (4+ / 0-)
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        so much as insecure. Like he hadn't realized that the book was over, or was enough, so he threw in a mystery with a bad guy (even worse than HH, which I thought was weak--let HH be the Main Monster). Would've have bothered me in a lesser book, but damn. He knew how to write.

        "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

        by GussieFN on Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 06:29:34 PM PST

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