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".
uncomfortable subject matter at best but very well written and interesting despite that. voice acting was excellent. had me both empathetic and disgusted simultaneously.
I bet this book did shock the world. Fascinating fiction, distasteful but such wonderful language. Jeremiah Irons channels H.H. and his perverse love of his nymphet.
This might be the best-written story I've ever encountered. Nabokov is a literary genius and his mastery of the written word is even more remarkable with the realisation that English was not his native tongue. The word-pictures he creates throughout the story are just amazing.
Yes, Humbert Humbert - the anti-hero protagonist and narrator of this tragic tale - is a hebephile (as opposed to a paedophile) and a sexual pervert. The way he takes advantage of Lolita and the manner in which his selfish decisions and actions set the lives of Lolita, her mother Charlotte and indeed Humbert himself on a certain tragic track is undoubtedly deplorable. And yet Nabokov develops Humbert into an authentic, complex and ultimately pathetic character. The author cleverly gives the reader insight into Humbert's mental processing and attempted justification of his actions and his genuine, if not inappropriate, romantic obsession with the young girl. Humbert understands by the end of the story how he has confused genuine caring and the desire to nurture and protect Lolita, with his own selfish and perverted sexual desires for the girl. The loathing for Humbert that the reader invariably develops is ironically eclipsed by Humbert's own self-loathing and self-reproach for his selfish obsessions.
I listened to the 2005 Random House Audio audiobook version of the book, masterfully narrated by Jeremy Irons, who incidentally played Humbert Humbert in the 1997 film remake of the book alongside Melanie Griffith and Dominique Swain. Irons is brilliant and brings out the very best in the story through his narration.
Because of its confronting and taboo themes this book, understandably, provokes strong reactions from readers (even those who have never actually read the book). This is understandable, but to avoid reading this book because of that taboo is a great shame because being confronted - even repulsed - never hurt anyone. And this story is a superlatively masterful piece of literature.
Reading a war novel does not mean the one condones war. Reading a murder mystery does not mean one condones killing. In the same way, reading Lolita does not mean you condone hebephilia or paedophilia. It will undoubtedly challenge the reader and provoke strong emotional reactions. But this ability to provoke a genuine response in the reader, I think, is the sign of fantastic author and a compelling story.
The narrator's rendition.
The man lusting after the young girl.
Fabulous, virtuoso narration: varied rhythm, interesting inflection, varied pace, arresting tonal quality.
Little and Spicey, But not Very Nicey
I do not know that I am going to be able to make it through this audio. The character is on the verge of seducing the girl and I am feeling squeamish about listening to more.
I love the descriptive flow of this story. He uses many adjectives to convey his perspective on things. The story drags on for a while. But overall it was easy to listen to. Lots of interesting vocabulary.