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Sunday, 19 August 2012

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Will wonders never cease?

First David, you claim to be a camera, then admit to being a humanitarian, and now hint you're a pencil!

What is it man - some sort of mid-life crisis you're having there? Something wrong with your Euro denominated investments? The Memsahib on your case again to re-arrange the porch furniture?

Oh, come on, JK, I thought you at least would come up with some witticism about me needing lead in my pencil!

I've read Lolita. Yes, it's a great book. It's not really about child-sex. More about obsession, and a whole lot more. He makes me think of Anthony Burgess, who I think is a truly great writer. I tend to think you like the Corker Novels, so you might not go for it, but it's worth a try.

By the way, was Nabokov catholic? Why did you bring that up?

Dom, it was Kevin Myers's review (link above) which raised the Catholic undertones in the book. Give him a read, he's worth it even if, like me, you don't agree with him.

By and large I am wary of novels. I always think opening one and beginning to read is rather like going to a dinner party where all the guests are strangers to you and, alas, for me, too often by the first course I realise with that sinking feeling that I really do not like or care about any of them. I think the last proper novel I read and really enjoyed was 'Vanity Fair'.

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