Irons was probably the perfect choice for Humbert. He's able to pull off the haughty attitude Humbert had toward the majority of people and things while occasionally drawing the reader far enough into his inner romantic fantasy to engender, for short periods, a sympathy of sorts. Humbert, directly referencing the reader and breaking the 4th wall, is indicative of Nabokov's intention and I think Irons pulls it off admirably.
I haven't seen the movie adaptation with Irons, but I plan to now and sincerely hope that it lives up to this performance.
The book itself is beautifully and wickedly written. The last few years, I've been working through classic works and this is one that I'm happy that I included. Humbert is an absorbing protagonist and his personal journey is engrossing. It's difficult to encapsulate succinctly how masterfully this story is told.
This was a hard book to get through although I think this works makes a great piece to study. It's the first time I've read a piece with no real good guys (or at least bad guys that you love to hate and almost root for you know). The book is well written however and HH is very poetic is his ramblings. And his crime was not what I had expected throughout the journey of the read. I'd be interested to research this story further.
I loved every thing. The language was exquisite; the story heartbreaking and blackly funny; Jeremy Irons could not have been outdone.
as someone who loves knowing how the mind works and why people do the things they do this book is a treasure
a very serious subject held in such an artistic way
the words and voice are like a siren song to the ears
Well to put it simply, I had no idea what this book was about and had mistaken it for a book on polio that I had opened in another tab amongts tabs of books I was debating to buy (I blame the black and white picture of a child's legs on the cover).
Let me tell you this potential reader, this book is not about polio and should not be read while taking your little brother to the playground. this book is ment for a large chair and velvetv robe while you pour a glass of french champagne and stare at your many books of philosophy and the human mind.
the first chapter or so will weird you out and it takes some time to get used to the seemingly random french dialogue that you don't understand but somehow do. I won't lie when I say I stopped listening for about a week before curiosity rose within me and I plugged in my headphones and picked up where I left off.
performance is amazing. writing is brilliant. indeed a suprise.
Jeremy Irons was perfectly cast as HH. His voice was like candy, and I could not get enough of it. The final few sentences were perfection
"Lolita" is an established classic. It is not for those unable to step outside of themselves. Dark and disturbing but told with such painful beauty. H.H.s are the world's oldest predator. The damages they do to young people are extreme and sadly, not rare. Hearing the main character flow from obsession to self loathing gives an interesting look into the mind of a monster. Normally I hear my own thoughts narrated with the same cadence as what novel I had been listening to, but this not in the case when listening "Lolita". The thought processes of the teller are so foreign to most minds. This really is a difficult but engaging story being told to you. It gives the reader/listener a view through a disturbed mind and a hint at the thought processes and behaviors that negatively effect so many people the world over. The years have changed but the story stays exactly the same, perhaps being why this tale has stood solid in time. The author was absolutely a gifted writer. Jeremy Irons performance is stellar. If you feel that you can fall into the deep dirty rabbit hole and come out cleaner you will enjoy "Lolita".