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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)

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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
  • dieud 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.

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.

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

A brilliantly written novel. Highly worth the read.

For all you language mavens out there, it is fun to remember that English was not Nabokov's native language.

Jan 21, 2012
  • clockworksquid rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel is amazing largely because of Nabokov's lush, creative use of the English language. Don't let the subject matter scare you off, this is one of the most engaging narratives ever written.

Apr 17, 2011
  • csbryant rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was the third time I picked this book up, and the only time I read more than a few chapters. This book was hard to read at times, but the language Nabokov uses makes you forget the story at times. I fell in love over and over again with Lolita, and then when I remembered what the story was about I felt slightly pervy. How a man can manage to compose a book that is at the same time extremely disturbing and extremely beautiful is beyond me. Lolita has made me want to read so much more Nabokov, and I definitely plan on doing so.

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