Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
nbsp; When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause célèbre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Vladimir Nabokov's wise, ironic, elegant masterpiece owes its stature as one of the twentieth century's novels of record not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story almost shocking in its beauty and tenderness. nbsp; Awe and exhilaration-along with heartbreak and mordant wit-abound in this account of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America, but most of all, it is a meditation on love-love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation. With an introduction by Martin Amis. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1992
ISBN: 0679410430
Branch Call Number: FIC NABOKOV 1992
Characteristics: xxxi, 335 p. ; 22 cm


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Dec 08, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the most beautiful - and horrific - books I have ever read. Nabokov wraps Humbert's terrible deeds in the floweriest of prose, so that you almost don't notice how tragic this story is. An amazing and stunning achievement in literature

Oct 24, 2014
  • Dieu_D rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Beautiful prose that reads like poetry at times.

Jun 12, 2014
  • sghayes rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have never read a book that made me feel so uncomfortable yet intrigued at the same time. I was disgusted with Humbert Humbert, but I couldn't move my eyes away from the work.

Sep 15, 2013
  • jpatterson8 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

At first, I didn't really want to read it. I was worried it would put all blame on Delores and try to make you feel sorry for Humbert. I was wrong, it is now one of my favourites.

Mar 18, 2013
  • Sarah1984 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

3/2 - Just like reading a paedophiles' autobiography. Full of justification as to why it's not his fault for feeling the way he feels for 'his Lolita'. To be continued...

10/2 - I don't know if the writing is 'beautiful' enough to make up for the discomforting feeling of reading a paedophiiles' journal. He frequently asks us, the reader, (who is always referred to as male) to understand him, what he is trying to say, how and why Lolita is tempting him and this is why he is only partially to blame for his actions. Some other reviewers have said that this book couldn't be considered erotic and (thank God) I agree. The writing is too flowery and more concerned with the flow of the words to describe an erotic scene so that the reader could actually imagine it (in the way that you do when you read a real romance). I've read romances where the girl is 12 or 13 at the beginning of the book (usually one set pre 1600s where there's a betrothal of young girl to man) and it's a little creepy, but then they jump forward 5 or more years and any hint of impropriety is forgotten and the romance begins. Lolita is not like that; there is no romance except in Humbert's sick, twisted mind, which sees innuendo in innocent movement and acts on it; and the creepy is not so much creepy as it is soiling my mind and it certainly isn't forgotten because she gets older. To be continued...

Jan 28, 2013
  • K_ROK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A classic "banned book" that demands to be read. A great piece of literature.

Sep 17, 2012
  • macierules rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Remarkable - the afterword by the author was very interesting.

Sep 11, 2012
  • ilikeitrainy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

was surprised that I loved this book. worth the read for sure.

Jun 20, 2012
  • xhuliagjokaj rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A beautifully written twisted story. Nabakov's writing style is utterly amazing, making it seem as if Lolita, not Humbert, initiated their peculiar relationship.

Jun 06, 2012
  • busydizzylizzy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A brilliantly written novel. Highly worth the read.

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Jul 09, 2014
  • Bayside rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita. Did she have a precursor? She did, indeed she did. In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, an initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea. Oh when? About as many years before Lolita was born as my age was that summer. You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.


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