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In order to avoid a copyright infringement lawsuit, Pero's American publisher agreed that Nabokov's son, Dmitri, could write a preface. And it is a scathing statement indeed, issued from the heights of literary snobbery. Nabokov writes condescendingly of "Pia Pera (henceforth PP), an Italian journalist and author of some stories that I have not read." He ends with this statement: "Whether [the book] draws well or badly from Lolita I leave for you to judge." In e-mail exchanges with The New York Times, Pera called the preface "a disappointingly dull emulation of his father's mastery of irony and, on occasion, virtuoso contempt."
Lo's Diary is no masterpiece, by any means. Its prose is flatly realistic, pulling Nabokov's wildly poeticized characters down into a sticky, unglamorous world where Humbert can't even figure out how the condom works. This is clearly Pera's mission--to vandalize the literary institution that is Lolita, and in this she has succeeded. Her novel is like cultural graffiti that won't wash off the walls for a while, for at least a month or two. --Emily White
I just finished this, and I hate to say that I am disappointed.
I found what quotes I could pull from 'Lo's Diary' were dull or written in a fashion that smacked of a short feature from the glossy pages of Cosmo.
Sometimes, Lolita seems a little too mature for her age, and sometimes she seems a little childish, just as she's presented in Lolita, though.
79 pages in and already I am compelled to write a review (and my very first on Amazon). Perhaps I am a little biased, having spent the last few months studying Lolita for my... Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by Charlotte Mckeown
If I were the Nabokovs, I would have fought tooth and nail to keep this travety from being published. Read morePublished on May 20, 2011 by Talitha Kumi
If anyone out there thinks this book is just a 2nd-rate product cynically designed to cash in on the Lolita "brand", please read the book and see if you still feel that way. Read morePublished on June 11, 2010 by L. Martin
Lo's Diary is Lolita (Delores Haze's) side of the events that Humbert Humbert told in Lolita. Once again, John Ray is presented with a manuscript this time from the hands of the... Read morePublished on March 12, 2004 by T. L. Walker
It's revoltingly unfaithful to Nabokov's original text.
The "real" names and so forth- Goatscreek, Dolores Maze, Gerry Sue Filthy- are hokey and rather unbelievable. Read more
After breezing through Lolita, I was dying to hear Lolita's side of the story and picked up Lo's Diary. Needless to say, I shouldn't have bothered. Read morePublished on September 21, 2001
Pera's Lo is a scream! What a fabulous anti-heroine! Pera welcomes us readers into the world of 21st century, hip, youth-focused pop culture literature. Read morePublished on July 1, 2001 by mariedoll
"The world would be too simple if a slippery rock were enought to trip an ogre," states the preteen protagonist, Dolores "Dolly" Maze, in Pia Pera's novel Lo's... Read morePublished on March 20, 2001 by Brittany
There is no way that you can convince me that 12 year old girls actually think and speak like this one. The book has no beginning, and no end. Read morePublished on October 25, 2000