Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0016891, Fri, 8 Aug 2008 10:37:33 EDT

Re: borrowed from Vladimir N abokov¹s Lolita ...

In a message dated 08/08/2008 14:22:40 GMT Standard Time, skb@BOOTLE.BIZ

Evison is slated as "derivative" at one stage, yet blamed later in the
review because Will shows none of H-H's remorse.

Nabokov is much too subtle, and also too morally straightforward, a writer
for Humbert's attitude to be described simply as "remorse". Nabokov (in
"Strong Opinions" merely grants him one evening's parole a year from Hell. Somebody
truly remorseful would not have gone on to murder Quilty on the grounds that
Quilty did not recognise Humbert's essential inner innocence! I have often
commented on the moral bankruptcy of much of the discussion by literary people
of what are quite simple, but in no way simplistic, moral issues.

Anthony Stadlen

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