Friday, January 31, 2014

Fifteen notable works on lust

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Kathryn Williams came up with a list of fifteen notable works on lust. One book she tagged:
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

The most disturbing thing isn’t Humbert’s deviant lechery, but that he convinces himself—almost, even, the reader—that his pubescent paramour is as guilty as he is.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Lolita appears on Boris Kachka's six favorite books list, Fiona Maazel's list of the ten worst fathers in books, Jennifer Gilmore's list of the ten worst mothers in books, Steven Amsterdam's list of five top books that have anxiety at their heart, John Banville's five best list of books on early love and infatuation, Kathryn Harrison's list of favorite books with parentless protagonists, Emily Temple's list of ten of the greatest kisses in literature, John Mullan's list of ten of the best lakes in literature, Dan Vyleta's top ten list of books in second languages, Rowan Somerville's top ten list of books of good sex in fiction, Henry Sutton's top ten list of unreliable narrators, Adam Leith Gollner's top ten list of fruit scenes in literature, Laura Hird's literary top ten list, Monica Ali's ten favorite books list, Laura Lippman's 5 most important books list, Mohsin Hamid's 10 favorite books list, and Dani Shapiro's 10 favorite books list. It is Lena Dunham's favorite book.

Nabokov is on Thomas Flynn's list of 16 great writers snubbed by the Nobel Prize and Ben Frederick's list of ten influential authors who came to the US as immigrants.

--Marshal Zeringue