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  1. I'm Chinese-Canadian so I've read extensively in...

    I'm Chinese-Canadian so I've read extensively in Chinese and English with a decent background of reading some other (mostly European) languages in translation. How do we measure this? Should we go by...
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    Oh ok... thanks.

    Oh ok... thanks.
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    A little OT, but JBI, do you have any idea why...

    A little OT, but JBI, do you have any idea why Penguin chose "The Story of the Stone" as the title for the translation? I mean I have no idea how they got that from 红楼梦.
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    I've read both the English and Chinese versions...

    I've read both the English and Chinese versions (born in China, later immigrated to Canada) so maybe I can offer some insight. The novel itself, as you said, can be quite tedious as it sounds much...
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    Well, technically Sun Wukong cannot die - he ate...

    Well, technically Sun Wukong cannot die - he ate golden elixir pills, those peaches and scares the **** out of the King of the Underworld, who would not dare touch him. Also, I don't see Xuanzang as...
  6. There's a character in Herman Melville's Bartleby...

    There's a character in Herman Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener that collects things... can't remember which one, believe it's a minor character though. Vladimir Nabokov (an author) was an avid...
  7. Check out Ambrose Bierce's short story...

    Check out Ambrose Bierce's short story "Chickamauga" which involves a disabled child. I don't know if this counts (because the headless horseman is implied to be fake), but Washington Irving's "The...
  8. Mentioned in another thread that I was getting my...

    Mentioned in another thread that I was getting my girlfriend Lolita for Christmas. For anyone who is wondering, no, she is not a nymphet, nor is she many, many years younger than I. :P
  9. *Grabs Popcorn*

    *Grabs Popcorn*
  10. Well, she's only 20 years old (I'm 21) and we're...

    Well, she's only 20 years old (I'm 21) and we're both still in University. She's a pre-med so she has very little time on her hands, most of which is spent with me or her friends/family. She also...
  11. Haha, my girlfriend still hasn't even read a...

    Haha, my girlfriend still hasn't even read a single Nabokov novel yet. I'm trying to get her to read Lolita for the Winter Break, but it remains to be seen if she actually will take the time to do...
  12. Eh, I watch very few movies. I doubt I could come...

    Eh, I watch very few movies. I doubt I could come up with a top-10 even.
  13. 1. Dao De Ching - Lao Zi 2. Pale Fire - Vladimir...

    1. Dao De Ching - Lao Zi
    2. Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov
    3. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
    4. Romance of the Three Kingdoms - Luo Guanzhong
    5. Swann's Way - Marcel Proust
    6. Speak, Memory - Vladimir...
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    Cool, I'll go as well. If there are enough lists,...

    Cool, I'll go as well. If there are enough lists, maybe I (or someone else) will compile a cumulative list of everyone's entries.

    1. Dao De Ching - Lao Zi
    2. Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov
    3....
  15. Sticky: I wasn't here when the last one was done, so I'm...

    I wasn't here when the last one was done, so I'm down. LitNet's been pretty inactive lately though.
  16. Thread: Lolita

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    I've studied Nabokov, but I'm not entirely...

    I've studied Nabokov, but I'm not entirely familiar what "free associations" are? Can you elaborate a little? Wikipedia tells me it is a type of psychoanalysis devised by Sigmund Freud. Nabokov hated...
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    Vladimir Nabokov grew up in an incredibly wealthy...

    Vladimir Nabokov grew up in an incredibly wealthy Russian Aristocratic family that allowed him to have many governesses and tutors from a young age. His family then lost their wealth in the...
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    Well, I use "European" because he only spent his...

    Well, I use "European" because he only spent his life as a Russian Aristocrat up to his youth. He spent more years in Berlin + Paris than Russia before arriving in America.

    On a side note, I think...
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    It is not an erotic novel because it has great...

    It is not an erotic novel because it has great literary merit and like you said "the plot is not about sex". A lot of the sex is also, at least in my opinion, showing the growing promiscuity of...
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    Never heard of him or read him. "A Marcel Proust...

    Never heard of him or read him. "A Marcel Proust of our time" is pretty high praise though. Was pulling for Roth to win.
  21. Thread: Lolita

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    Poll: Interesting... I've always assumed that "light of...

    Interesting... I've always assumed that "light of my life" was referring to the angelic and heavenly while "fire of my loins" was referring to sin and hell. Duality is a prominent theme in the novel...
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    Poll: First of all, thanks for your opinion. This was...

    First of all, thanks for your opinion. This was the kind of response I was looking for several months ago, when I wrote my post. I re-read the quote, and I'm quite convinced that Nabokov is implying...
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    Nabokov was kind of a bridge from Modernism to...

    Nabokov was kind of a bridge from Modernism to Post-Modernism and a lot of his later works are considered post-modern. Pale Fire primarily, but also Ada, or Ardor. Funny you mentioned Wallace,...
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    I've only read The Crying of Lot 49 (twice,...

    I've only read The Crying of Lot 49 (twice, actually - incorporated it into a paper I had to write on David Foster Wallace), which is hardly considered his best novel, but my impressions were...
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    I find Philip Roth to be the best contemporary...

    I find Philip Roth to be the best contemporary American novelist. For his works that are most representative of America, I'd recommend American Pastoral (1997) (I consider this to be the contemporary...
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