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Old 03-16-2015, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Nacia View Post
what is appropriate age?
If a kid is old enough to pick up a book by Nabokov on their own, and manages to get through the first two pages without dying of boredom (his writing is not styled to appeal to children--or even most adults), then they are probably old enough to handle the subject matter OK. If they're too young, they won't understand what's going on--young children don't have the proper frame of reference to understand sex and adult matters. It flies right over their head, just like all the dirty jokes on TV.

I wouldn't try to stop a kid from reading just about any book they were interested in. Kids aren't delicate flowers. They're developing adults who will one day need to understand the kinds of things other adults feel, think and do. Even the bad ones. Books can help them do that.

I mean would you consider being Lolita for a day?
Um, no, of course I would not choose to be a victim of child molestation. What does that have to do with... anything? I wouldn't want to trade places with most characters in most books. That doesn't mean the books are bad. Characters get taken advantage of, murdered, tortured, lied to, raped, and generally put through hell in books. This is what we call 'plot'. The author isn't obligated to pause every ten pages and explain that what's going on in the story is bad, mkay?

I personally think it incredulous for an adult to prescribe in topics such as Lolita openly and call it a book when the issue really is not about the author it is about the child.
'Call it' a book? If it has pages and a cover, it's a damn book. And you know Lolita is fiction, right? That the child depicted in the story is not a real person?

in this book we care not about how the child felt or what she would have done because the author is more important here.
Yeah, because it's narrated entirely from the Humbert's point of view... And Humbert is a self-centered individual. It's left up to the reader to understand Lolita's feelings, because Humbert can't see anything besides his messed up ideal of her. He doesn't really care about Lolita as a person, so he doesn't tlak about her that way. That's part of the point.

this book does not debate the issue it prolongs it because it gives the author the opportunity to go on about it rather then disolve by refraining from sexually expressing it.
Why should a book have to debate what it portrays? It is the author's job to tell the story, not to tell you how to feel about it!

So do you want this book censored, or not?
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