Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0022433, Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:24:50 -0500

Re: Nabokov and Twelve-Year-Old Girls ...

In a message dated 22/02/2012 14:19:47 GMT Standard Time, Rsgwynn1@CS.COM

Does Humbert ultimately receive some moment of Grace? I like to think he
has, as he sits overlooking and overhearing the children near the end of
the novel. It does move in a mysterious way, its wonders to perform.

Brian Boyd has long ago pointed to Nabokov's brilliance and insight in
having Humbert seductively place this passage just where it is near the end of
his narrative. Nabokov ruthlessly exposes readers who are seduced by the
rhetoric of a child-rapist and murderer. This does not mean that Humbert's
fleeting insight had no validity, but it was fleeting, and he did not have
the integrity to act on it.

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