Book Ramblings: Reading Lolita in Tehran

I read the first chapter of this book while still in Madrid, and was determined to read the rest of it after having read Lolita. I think in retrospect it was even more interesting reading Lolita with the premise of this book resonating in my mind. Set in Iran during the Cultural Revolution and theContinue reading “Book Ramblings: Reading Lolita in Tehran”

Book Ramblings: Lolita

I moved on to Nabokov’s Lolita after having read and enjoyed his somewhat obscure yet ultimately pleasing Pale Fire. The latter novel’s ability to be tied up, plot-wise, into a neat package of intrigue and endless interpretation seems to counter what, for me, drives the superb-ness of Lolita: not the story that plunges the readerContinue reading “Book Ramblings: Lolita”

Book Ramblings: Madame Bovary

As part of this course that I’m currently taking called “Modern and Postmodern,” the challenge of Week 4 was starting and finishing Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary in the space of a few days. Mission completed, with the help of channeling my old bookworm days of being immobile on the couch. I don’t think I’ve everContinue reading “Book Ramblings: Madame Bovary”