January Meetup: "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov

To celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the NoVA Banned Book Club we'll revisit a classic that we discussed at our inaugural meetup!

"Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov is one of the most provocative novels in the English language.

The American Library Association discusses the banned/challenged history of "Lolita":

Banned as obscene in France (1956-1959), in England (1955-59), in Argentina (1959), and in New Zealand (1960). The South African Directorate of Publications announced on November 27, 1982, that Lolita has been taken off the banned list, eight years after a request for permission to market the novel in paperback had been refused. Challenged at the Marion-Levy Public Library System in Ocala, FL (2006). The Marion County commissioners voted to have the county attorney review the novel that addresses the themes of pedophilia and incest, to determine if it meets the state law’s definition of “unsuitable for minors.”

Join us at the discussion to celebrate our club's 1 year anniversary and to discuss Nabokov's most popular book!

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  • Jason

    Another great discussion on an interesting book.

    January 7, 2013

  • Lorenzo

    Wonderful discussion for our 1 year anniversary discussion! Nabokov's mastery of the English language puts us to shame! H.H. is a monster but he does a compelling job at making us sympathize with him.

    January 7, 2013

  • Rhett

    Great commentaries, enjoyed it. Actually better over beer than coffee!

    January 6, 2013

  • Ashley E.

    Great discussion this time. The book was fascinating and it was interesting to share with everyone.

    January 6, 2013

  • Melissa L.

    Very interesting discussion. I am glad that I attended.

    January 6, 2013

  • Lorenzo

    Rhett, congratulations on winning the photo remix!

    January 5, 2013

    • Rhett

      Thanks, fun stuff!

      January 6, 2013

  • Rhett

    Shameless Promotion: I won Studio 360's photo-montage competition out of 600+ entries. Kurt Andersen interviewed me on the air and remarked that the montage would make a great book cover! http://www.studio360.org/2012/d...­

    January 4, 2013

    • Deah H.

      That is so cool! I love the composition. And, I happen to love dirigibles. Nice!

      January 5, 2013

    • Rhett

      Thanks, closest that I've come to winning "the art lottery." I like dirigibles as well, as kids we used to fill large long finned balloons with hydrogen, light a fuse and launch them. The Hindenburg in miniature.

      January 6, 2013

  • Rhett

    It's interesting how the book cover above misses the point of the book.

    December 18, 2012

  • Lorenzo

    A few members requested I postpone this meetup a little to give enough time to finish reading the book. I'd like to schedule it for 12/30 but being so close to the holiday that might be problematic for most. I've therefore scheduled it for early January. I hope this works for people. I'm really looking forward to the discussion! Hope to see you all there.

    November 27, 2012

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