Sic Pup wrote:
Why ePlaya, of course, but the question does worry me.
Oh, oh, you don't mean at this very moment do you?
Lately I've been on a Klosterman kick, don't know why other than he writes well and generally there's a good dozen or so really interesting points in each book that make me think about things I wouldn't ordinarily consider. I just finished "Eating The Dinosaur"
and "Killing Yourself To Live: 85% of a True Story"
, currently I'm in the middle of "Fargo Rock City"
and I have "Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas"
I enjoyed Chuck Klostermann's books quite a bit.
I've read all of those except for Fargo Rock City
I'm currently reading The Annotated Lolita
. If anyone else intends to read it too, skip this part below. It's not really
spoiler-y, but . . .
This is the second attempt at it, since the first time I picked it up I was in love with Nabokov's use of language, and horrified by everything else. I knew what it was about before going in--everyone does, I suppose--but still! Damn.
I'd also made the mistake of reading the lengthy preface and introduction, & reading the annotations as I went. The annotations were fascinating, but distracting. Eventually I shelved it. More than 5 years passed . . . and a lull in my hold list at the library finally inspired me to try again. This time I'm going to make it, in part because--as disturbing as the book remains, & keeps finding new ways to be--the suspense is killing me.
When I think of it as a thinly-veiled horror novel, it makes it easier to deal with. The depravity level is not the most upsetting part (I'm fascinated by true crime, antisocial personality disorder, and other grim subjects). What gets to me are the specific mental workings of the main character. Truly ghoulish. I'm trying to think of a literary character I have hated more, and have thus far been unsuccessful.
When I finish the book, I'll allow myself to take a look at the annotations again. They're about the author, the characters, the time period, and (I think) the critical and societal reaction to the book. Should be very interesting.
. . . And now I can't check this thread until I'm finished, because I'm so close to the end and must avoid spoilers.