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