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Fiction
Author: Emily Prager
ISBN: 0679410538
Pages 187 pages
Publisher Random House; 1st edition (March 16, 1999)
Language English
Category: Fiction
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by Emily Prager


Prager's book OK, I think this will be the last retelling of the story of Lolita for me for awhile.

Prager's book OK, I think this will be the last retelling of the story of Lolita for me for awhile. I've read the Nabokov original (or actually, his second attempt; see: The Enchanter, which I haven't read), Pia Pera's Lo's Diary, and now this. This one, Roger Fishbite is fairly spare and breezy; certainly more streamlined and refined than the distended, rambling Lo's Diary, but I have to admit a preference for the latter due to its sardonic edge and even possibly due to its shambling messiness.

Emily Prager's third novel develops into a satirical, nightmarish adventure, and along the way a hilarious parody of American consumerism from a child's point of view. As Fishbite drags Lucky from one seamy motel to another, her prepubescent sexual fantasies give way to the brittle survival instincts of the abused child.

Roger Fishbite is a novel by the American writer and journalist Emily Prager, which was published in 1999. The novel was written partly as a literary parody of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, partly as a "reply both to the book and to the icon that the character Lolita has become. It tells the story of thirteen-year-old Lucky Lady Linderhoff, and her mother, and their lodger, whom Lucky calls Roger Fishbite.

Emily Prager's third novel develops into a satirical, nightmarish adventure, and along the way a hilarious parody of American consumerism from a child's point of view

Emily Prager's third novel develops into a satirical, nightmarish adventure, and along the way a hilarious parody of American consumerism from a child's point of view. Lucky Linderhof, a 12-year-old latter-day Lolita born of the privileged sperm club, lives in New York with her affectionate but ineffectual mother, a woman who changes her lovers as quickly as she changes her designer clothes.

Prager modernizes LOLITA and rewrites it from the nymphet's perspective. The heroine is a joy to "listen" to and gives a very funny story with serious overtones that develop later on. Kudos to the author for tackling child sexuality with maturity and avoiding a 90's reactionary attitude. I think this novel will appeal to fans of Amanda Filipacchi who took on a similar subject in NUDE MEN. While not as riotous (or as heartbreaking) as that novel, it is still affecting and memorable.

Roger Fishbite is a novel by the American writer and journalist Emily Prager, which was published in 1999

Roger Fishbite is a novel by the American writer and journalist Emily Prager, which was published in 1999. Themes and literary connections. The novel was written partly as a literary parody of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, partly as a "reply both to the book and to the icon that the character Lolita has become While taking its inspiration from Nabokov's Lolita, Prager's novel is narrated by Lucky, not Fishbite, and displays a number o. . Emily Prager is an American author and journalist. Prager grew up in Texas, Taiwan, and Greenwich Village, New York City. She is a graduate of the Brearley School, Barnard College and has a master's degree in Applied Linguistics.

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Thirteen-year-old Lucky Linderhoff offers a candid account of how she was seduced by her mother's husband, Roger Fishbite, at the age of eleven, during a hectic odyssey of motels
Shakataxe
In the book, Roger seduces Lucky, his pre-teen step-daughter, until she finds out about his even "darker" side.

The Author Note in the novel states: This novel is in part a literary parody of that great work Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. It is my reply both to the book and the icon that the character Lolita has become.

Prager may have given an appropriate example of an ephebophile in the novel. She wrote, "No, this man [ephebophile] is a special man, a man for whom a Catholic school uniform, even on a mannequin, does more than a whole album of grown-up nudes." That may be an hyperbole, but it's closer than further from the truth.

Roger may have non-verbally expressed his attraction for Lucky, but she made the first physical move when she, "... leaped up and kissed him square on the mouth." She kissed him for dresses, gave him hugs for CDs, and performed oral sex for jewelry. However, Lucky repeatedly teased Roger when he wanted to make love. "Lose my virginity to you? What's in it for me?" Lucky asked. But when Lucky read in Roger's journal that he made love to Evie a, "...hot as a pistol," 11-year-old model, who he was shocked wasn't a virgin, Lucky was livid with jealousy and took matters into her own hands.

It's quick fun read that you'll probably enjoy if you're a LOLITA fan.

The Allure of Nymphets
Marige
_Roger Fishbite_ tries, and fails, to recreate _Lolita_ from the child's point of view. It fails, in my opinion, because only the absolute genius of Nabokov can make this genuinely repellent subject matter appealling. Prager is certainly a good writer, but her protagonist speaks with the voice of a mildly unappealing teenage girl. In the end this book fails to maintain the balance between comedy and tragedy that Nabokov so artfully maintains, and _Roger Fishbite_ plunges into the realm of bathos. This is the stuff of which Jon-Benet Ramsey was made.
Xirmiu
In the original Lolita the heroine appears to be very innocent and possibly suffering from a Stockholm Syndrome. Prager`s Lucky on the other hand is cynical worldly wise and not nearly so blinded to Fishbite`s evil. It seems hard to believe that a confident, sassy, cynical modern girl like Lucky wouldn't have tried to get help somehow. Or try to escape. This book didn't ring true to me at all
Zololmaran
Ugh. Roger Fishbite left me feeling cheap and used. I can't fathom how in the world this recent wave of authors (Praeger, Pia Pera, etc.) could have such hubris as to ape/parody Nabakov's masterpiece "Lolita". I imagine that they would argue that they're giving voice to the voiceless nymphet. But really, after reading several of these novels, in portraying Lucky, Lo, etc. as such charmless little harpies, I can honestly say they sure aren't doing the girls any favors.
Praeger is obviously a talented, funny and clever writer, but this was a ridiculous project. I hope to read something else of hers wherein she has not hitched her wagon to someone else's star as she has here with Nabakov.