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LOLITA

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Nabokov is not unknown here. Pain (reviewed p. 14-1957) had a good press and a discriminating reading public. Conclusive Evidence, an autobiographical segment, had great charm and a certain satiric humor in its recall. But Lolita — to judge by the fan-fare and shocked whisperings of the grapevine — will make him famous- or infamous- according to the market. Some may seek to assess it as an ... Read full review

Review: Lolita

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com

Awe and exhilirationalong with heartbreak and mordant witabound in LOLITA, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story 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. Most of all, it is a meditation on lovelove as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation. Read full review

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I love this book and the movie was great. I saw the movies first before reading the book. But anyways I thought this was a beautiful sad tragedy and I loved all of it. It had been a while since I read it. Delores is a nice name... Maybe I should name my daughter that. Anyways I loved this book. And if you wanna read something classic. Read this....Became a big obsession to me.  

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Amazing, the depravity of the content only comes to compliment the artistry of the language.

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Lolita
I can understand why this book was controversial at the time it was first published. After having heard about this book for many years, I finally read it. I wanted to be very impressed but I
guess I never really connected with the storyteller. I'm glad I read it, but I won't ever want to read it again. 

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Way too expensive!
I have the paperback version for $5. Don't buy here, buy at a bookstore.

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A Stunningly Beautiful Book
If you're not familiar with Nabokov and his brilliant writing style then you've been missing out -- big time. Not only is he one of the best authors since the likes of Poe
and Byron, but his prose simply gives the reader goosebumps. Lolita is one of the best love stories ever written and should be taken in as such and not as a foul and bestial tale of gruesome desire. It's one of those books that I have many copies of and it travels with me everywhere. It's a delight to indulge in again and again. 

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The second time I read this book, I enjoyed it even more than the first time. It is at times deeply disturbing, blackly humorous and sometimes even tragic. The protagonist is always desperately trying to cling to something fleeting, something he can never truly have and it has quite a tragic effect on his and others lives. The criticisms I have is that parts of the book are quite long and drawn out, also it would have been interesting to have been able to hear Lolita's perspective on things.  

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The only reason I was reading this book was because someone picked it for this month's read in my book club. Needless to say, I will not be attending this month's meeting. I can come up with much better ways to spend what little free time I have reading this poor excuse for a book. I have no desire to read the sick and twisted obsessions of an man wanting a 12-year old girl. The book was hard to follow and I honestly felt repulsed the entire 42 pages I unfortunately did read. I guess I'm just not a literary snob that gets engrossed in this kind of useless crap...just a mere person that likes to read books for entertainment over watching the tube.  

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I "read" this book in the audio version. It was narrated by Jeremy Irons, who played Humboldt in the movie version. I was astounded by the spectacular prose, given by the repellant subject matter.

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