January 31, 2013

§ Listen?! Nabokov Will Do The Job! §

I have just found an audiobook of Nabokov's Lolita. Some kind person has uploaded the whole book in snippets of around 15 mins a time on Youtube. I have never actually experienced a piece of literature via this method, so I'm downloading 30 mins worth to my mp3 player each night before bed, starting tonight. Striking thing about it is that Jeremy Irons is the narrator. He also played Humbert in the 1997 Adrian Lyne version of the film. Oooooh! I wonder what images will create in my mind's eye! It's been yonks since I read the novel.

Until then, I'm popping up another new Lolita tribute video that I've just discovered, too The accompanying song is by a band called Drop Dead Beautiful. My only complaint on the video is that there are a few stills from Kubrick's 1962 version of the book. But hey - enjoy anyhow!  I just love it when hunting the old helps you snare the new!



Optimistic Existentialist said...

I remember watching this in the late 90s when it came out. It was very controversial at the time.

Helena said...

This Nabokov book was read in my last year at high school, very poignant and topical back then. The Luzhin Defence I loved, too! Not always one for a happy ending, me......☺!

Tony Van Helsing said...

I can't be doing with Jeremy Irons, the world's most overrated actor.

Rob From Amersfoort said...

Suzanne Vega also wrote a great song about Lolita!

Helena said...

Tony - he's not rated high in my actor admiration list but he played the part fairly well here. Who would you have chosen as Humbert, then....?

Rob - I'll check that out later on. I kind of miss not seeing Suzanne much on the music channels.