Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0003149, Thu, 28 May 1998 15:29:16 -0700

Re: BBC VN TV & Lyne LO
From: Roy Johnson <Roy@mantex.demon.co.uk>

>From: Philosophers <J.Goodenough@uea.ac.uk>

I agree with Jerry's well balanced review of the TV programme,
in the course of which he observes:

> and Jeremy Irons complements Ms Swains on her maturity.

... and that's part of the problem, from the clips I've seen so far.

No amount of suspended belief can prevent me from thinking that
the girl in the film looks about eighteen or nineteen.

It completely undermines the drama of paedophilia about which
there has been so much comment - and of course it is against
the spirit of the novel. VN would *not* have classed Ms Swains
as a 'nymphet', I'm sure.


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