I originally wanted to read about the psychosis of a sexual deviant, and to understand how such an atrocious subject matter could be lauded as great literature.
I was disturbed by the pedophilia and pseudo-incest, but was intrigued by the language and character development... not so much of Lolita's, but of HH's descent into madness, and our accompanying him there with a seemingly justified rationale.
This book scares me, not just because of the sexual deviants who are 'out there,' or of the clinically insane who could kill in cold blood, but that these people could be inconspicuous as handsome, educated, and well-spoken academics!
i not sure, i have not read the print version
lolita of course, she had to go through some tough stuff and still survived
i was hesitant to listen to this book but it was brilliant, i hung on to every word and really enjoyed this book, the person that read the book did a fantastic job and i highly recommend this book
Hell NO! Nabokov is a child rapist.
Anything else besides pedophilia
It could've left out the rape.
I'm appalled that anyone would read this disgusting book about raping a child and call it a love story. I want my money back.
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