The Votes Are In!

My online bookclub, The Classics Club has just voted for our March, April and May selection. And the winners are:

  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

  • Vanity Fair by William Thackery

I've read Vanity Fair at least twice. It's one of my favorites so I'm looking forward to sharing it with my Book Friends. I love to hate Becky, what a character.

I've seen the Moll Flanders movie. I kind of remember it. It will be interesting. The full title is, get this, "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Etc. Who was born in Newgate, and during a life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest and died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums." Whew! What's left to say?!

I'm curious about Lolita. The subject makes my skin crawl but I want to see what the fuss is about. I keep hearing that line from The Police song, "Don't Stand So Close To Me": Just like the old man in, That book by nabakov. And of course the book Reading Lolita in Tehran. It might make sense to read Lolita first.

Right now we're reading A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway and next month The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, which I read last year.


  1. You might want to read "Reading Lolita in Tehran" first, because I'm afraid if Lolita disturbs you then you won't read RLIT and you'll really miss out. I'm considering a reread. I've read several of the books in RLIT, but just haven't been up to reading Lolita. I'm hoping it will be easier with the group.

  2. I didn't think it was necessary to have read Nabokov to understand Reading Lolita in Tehran. While Nafisi does make reference to the work, her memoir is more about having to read secretively while living under an oppressive, censoring goverment. I found her book fascinating. Heard her speak about a year after the book was published and could have listened to her for hours! It is so difficult to imagine what it must be like to live in a society was reading is a revolutionary act!

  3. Lolita is more than its subject matter and Nabokov a genius (uh, I was a Russian major), but it isn't an easy book to read, I admit.

    And you can still get a lot from RLIT without having read Lolita. I loved that book. Incredible.


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