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Playfully perverse in form as well as content, riddled with puns and literary allusions, Nabokov's 1955 novel is a hymn to the Russian-born author's delight in his adopted language. Indeed, readers who want to probe all of its allusive nooks and crannies will need to consult the annotated edition. Lolita is undoubtedly, brazenly erotic, but the eroticism springs less from the "frail honey-hued shoulders ... the silky supple bare back" of little Lo than it does from the wantonly gorgeous prose that Humbert uses to recount his forbidden passion:
She was musical and apple-sweet ... Lola the bobby-soxer, devouring her immemorial fruit, singing through its juice ... and every movement she made, every shuffle and ripple, helped me to conceal and to improve the secret system of tactile correspondence between beast and beauty--between my gagged, bursting beast and the beauty of her dimpled body in its innocent cotton frock.Much has been made of Lolita as metaphor, perhaps because the love affair at its heart is so troubling. Humbert represents the formal, educated Old World of Europe, while Lolita is America: ripening, beautiful, but not too bright and a little vulgar. Nabokov delights in exploring the intercourse between these cultures, and the passages where Humbert describes the suburbs and strip malls and motels of postwar America are filled with both attraction and repulsion, "those restaurants where the holy spirit of Huncan Dines had descended upon the cute paper napkins and cottage-cheese-crested salads." Yet however tempting the novel's symbolism may be, its chief delight--and power--lies in the character of Humbert Humbert. He, at least as he tells it, is no seedy skulker, no twisted destroyer of innocence. Instead, Nabokov's celebrated mouthpiece is erudite and witty, even at his most depraved. Humbert can't help it--linguistic jouissance is as important to him as the satisfaction of his arrested libido. --Simon Leake
This is just a beautiful book, very well written with an extremely compelling story.
"Lolita" is so good, it makes you love a pedophile. there isn't much else I can say other than: "go read it."
Vladimir Nabokov's amazing prose makes "Lolita" one of the most celebrated 20th century novels ever written.
A filthy book. Why waste your life reading
satanic slime. Do something with your life.
Donate to the starving people around the
world etc .
"Lolita" is a novel by Russian born author Vladimir Nabokov, which was first published in English in 1955. The novel has a reputation for its controversial subject matter. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Brent McGregor
I tried to read it, but could not get over the disturbing topic. The writing style is amazing and beautiful but unfortunately, I couldn't be open-minded enough to get through it. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Shelley
got what I seemed. used worn. didn't care about that much. the cover was different. that's really alllPublished 16 days ago by Scarlet romans
Somewhere near the end of this book I realized that it is about power, more specifically the lack of power. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Patrick J. Goggins