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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.
Great literature/writing. Have your dictionary handy and use it in order to understand what the author is trying to say. Intense and thought provoking. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lucy
Brought it for a class. Brought it used Good enough condition but the cover wasn't the same. But all in all good.Published 9 days ago by cynthia
Good book. Kind of slow. Maybe just not my cup of tea as far as writing style. I would recommend it but it's not one of the best or life changing books I have read. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kelly Saslow
Great book over all, I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could but alas. Fun to read almost the entire time, it's just that the middle was a little drab. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Alex
Dolores, Dolly, Lo, Lola, Lolita. My only regret with this book is that I did not read it sooner.Published 19 days ago by Sandeep Desai