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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.

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.

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1992.
ISBN: 9780679410430
Characteristics: xxxi, 335 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jun 18, 2019

Lolita is written by a great author who can use wonderful levels of details to describe situations. That being said, the novel itself does not address the severe trauma that Dolores undergoes from having sex with adult men. All we see is the perversions of the protagonist, which many people come to "understand" and forgive. I hate seeing discussions of this book that include lines like, "I came to sympathize with the main character" as this indicates to me a disregard for the brutal rape and kidnapping that occurs over many years. Dolores essentially becomes a human trafficking survivor, but we are still encouraged to feel badly for this protagonist. All in all -- I read it to understand what everyone was saying about it and ended up feeling disappointed that so many well-rounded people continue to ignore the tragedy of this novel and the disgusting nature of its main character.

May 04, 2019

Let's get this out of the way: behaviors that carry out the desires of pedophilia is unacceptable.

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The protagonist's emotions were written with careful thought and detail that you could see there was conflict between emotions, mind, and action. A very easy character to sympathize with.

The plot was structured and made the story easy to follow.

Mar 11, 2019

The narration of this audiobook is absolutely phenomenal; among the best read audiobooks I have ever heard; it will not have to be recorded again. The shifts of voice to represent different characters, different classes, and emotions (rhapsody, contempt, mockery, pride, resentment, nostalgia, and a host of others) is spot on. The work itself is always interesting for both the creepy theme and the exquisite, almost poetic, phrases that lash out upon one's consciousness. Definitely worth re-listening to (even better than reading it or re-reading it).

HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Challenged at the Marion-Levy Public Library System in Ocala, FL (2006). The Marion County commissioners voted to have the county attorney review the novel that addresses the themes of pedophilia and incest, to determine if it meets the state law’s definition of “unsuitable for minors.” from American Library Association

Jul 09, 2018

Yes, the protagonist is a deranged pervert - that we all know from the pearl-clutching shock that remains associated with the book after so many years. But it is so much more than a lurid tale of debauchery. In fact, after reading, it feels quite the opposite. Nabokov's artful prose rivals the very greatest modern writers you will have ever read. His skill with imagery and coined terms is magical, while the vehicle of his unreliable narrator carries you deep into and around the edges of madness and obsession. Simply a fantastic read.

Jun 28, 2018

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a book about a villian or antihero. it is also on the list featured on listopia of 300 books everyone should read once. it is strange and disturbing, very sad. the author points out that there is no moral, nothing he was trying to convey, that sometimes a story is just a story. this is no a book for teenagers or children although there are no vulger words in it, it does deal with a vulgar theme. although, i will never read the book again. i am not sorry to have read it once. Read with caution though, it could be quite upsetting to certain groups of people.

May 30, 2018

Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was the first book that I’ve read with an unreliable first person narrator, and I was thoroughly intrigued by the controversiality of the main topics; hebephilia, pedophilia, and ephebophilia. This book also gave the reader an indepth understanding of how the mind of a paraphile is in motion and also familiarized them with the topic of statutory rape and child exploitation.
After 36-year-old European professor Humbert Humbert moves to Ramsdale, he lives with a woman named Charlotte Haze and her 12-year-old daughter, Dolores, under rent. After meeting Dolores, who some call Lo but whom he calls Lolita, Humbert is attracted to the “nymphette” and marries her mother in order to be engaged in a sexual relationship with her daughter.
As revolting as the plot may seem, Lolita was not only known for its controversial subject but also Nabokov’s detailed descriptions and unique narratorial voice, which together created the novel’s fame across the world.
I would give this book a 3/5 star rating, and recommend this book to ages 15 and older.
- @ilovefood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 15, 2018

Classic !!! one of the great pieces of literature ever ~ 420 >> My darling Lo

TomKPatterson Feb 14, 2017

This is a book that has shaken me and will not quite let me go. I had wanted to read it for awhile, I was aware of it's status as a classic, but I never got around to reading the whole thing.

What I have found is a deeply poetic, profoundly disturbing piece of art. Most of the time when people talk on things that were banned sixty, fifty, forty years ago, I figure they are pretty tame by today's standards. Lolita is a different animal. It's still pretty shocking, its subject matter still controversial. The book tests your limits of empathy. The protagonist is a monster who doesn't quite grasp how monstrous he really behaves and the entire narrative asks you to view the world through his very specific set of eyes. It's a curious, chilling, beautiful book. Read it.

ArapahoeJeremiah Aug 08, 2016

I’ll add my name to the list of people who feel awkward recommending this book, but who still recommend it anyway. Despite the disturbing and uneasy content matter, this book is truly exceptional and worth reading. Nabokov was extremely intelligent, had a genius for language and storytelling, and presents the story in a safe and clever way; (it’s not overtly explicit or lewd). It’s primarily the story of Humbert Humbert and his love for the (way too) young Lolita, what he does in order to obtain her, how the relationship collapses, and the consequences of it. In one sense it reads like a suspense novel. In another sense it’s a literary goldmine. The writing alone warrants classic status. From all I’ve read I’ve never seen anyone use the English language like he does. His abilities for word-play, word-creation, and verbal gymnastics are astonishing. And the narration strategy — having the story be told by Humbert — adds a whole other interpretive factor, making you have to think for yourself about what’s really happening and form your own interpretation. The book is read all over the world and is on several “best novels ever published” lists.

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PimaLib_SamR May 04, 2017

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.

Mar 17, 2016

In her washed-out gray eyes, strangely spectacled, our poor romance was for a moment reflected, pondered upon, and dismissed like a dull party, like a rainy picnic to which only the dullest bores had come, like a humdrum exercise, like a bit of dry mud caking her childhood.

Mar 17, 2016

You know, what's so dreadful about dying is that you are completely on your own.


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