Oh, it’s been a long time since we’ve played “Your Turn,” and my eyeballs are so deep into emails and various less-creative things that I can’t even write a well-crafted blogpost. But I can hope the rest of you are out there doing summery things — and reading wonderful books — perhaps even books so wonderful you’d like to mention them to others.
So, tell me: 1) what good book have you read lately? and 2) what’s a perfect book for you? and/or 3) have you read anything lately that you had meant to read for a long, long, long time (and why did it take so long)?
I’ll pick one that fits all three categories. I’m finally reading Nabokov’s Lolita, a book that I have tried to read parts of and set down at various times due to my discomfort with the starting premise (oh — just graphic pedophilia, that’s all; I danced around this by reading other fiction and nonfiction by Mr. VN, knowing all the while that Lolita is the one that really counts).
But once I got past the opening — I’m now only at the midpoint — I’m starting to think this may fit into my perfect or almost-perfect book category. What do I mean by perfect? High degree of difficulty (in this case, an unlikeable narrator doing despicable things) — which only makes the other elements even more astounding; startling use of language; an innovative voice and complete control of narration; but also plot and tension, twists and turns, proving that literature need not be dull. Lots of humor thrown in as well.
When a book I didn’t even want to like turns out this good, it’s a perfect — or nearly-perfect — book.
But of course, I’m only at the midpoint.