A delicate but forceful piece of literature that confronts the audience with the dark and difficult humanity of an unfortunate and dangerous person.
I would prefer to be able to read and then look up the many French phrases used throughout. But otherwise the audio format does nothing to detract from the work. And Jeremy Irons' performance, disturbingly pleasant to hear, is a good compliment to the tasteful (if slightly purple) prose style supposedly written by such an otherwise unsavory character.
I never had any interest in reading Lolita because, well, the subject matter was just too offensive. But knowing its historical literary significance, I decided to give it a listen. I realize now that it is indeed a literary masterpiece. Although we know what is happening to the characters (Lolita, specifically), the prose is so lovely and masterful, that I rarely stopped to think about the underlying theme. And Jeremy Irons... I'm at a loss for words. He is phenomenal....just, phenomenal.
No, although it is a classic. This is a story that will sit in the memory for a very long time.
The Wasp Factory. The shock and the horror of the texts make for an edgy read.
Umm, can I honestly say none of it! It is a deeply disturbing yet excellent book.
Yes, but it moved me through a sense of disgust.
An outstanding novel, superb narration but not one that one enjoys. It is dark.
Irons' performance is amazing. He captures the dark humor of Nabokov's villain Humbert Humbert, the sometimes hilarious depths of his delusions, makes him human, and pitiable, and terrifying, and oh so much more monstrous in the result.
Lolita is simply incomparable. The plot is shocking, yes, but utterly captivating. I have never come across an author with such talent for prose, with such a reliable ability to find and employ the mot juste. Nabokov's use of literary device, on every level, is beautiful and poignant, and the novel stretches to its absolute limit the ability of text, as a medium, to convey and compel emotion.
No less worthy of praise here is Jeremy Irons. Once you have finished this version of the novel, to imagine any voice but his as belonging to Humbert Humbert (the narrator) will be impossible. Not only does Irons reflect with perfect accuracy the struggle and anguish Humbert Humbert confronts, but he delivers with dexterity the wordplay that runs through the narrative. Even now, having finished the novel twice already, I find myself going back to it, to pass the time on long car rides, send me to sleep at night, or ease the discomfort of traveling across the country by plane - so lyrically euphonious is his delivery.
The question of the novel's subject should not enter the conversation regarding the novel's merits; at least, not as an argument against them. Certainly, there are people who will not be able to enjoy Lolita, and that is entirely fair on their part. Do not buy this book if you feel you are likely to be offended or traumatized. But as a work of art, Lolita stands on its own. Its strength and reputation are based on the skill of its author and the quality of his composition, not on its capacity to titillate the reader. It is not pornographic.
Lolita does have its flaws. In some ways, plot takes a backseat to prose, and the reader may find characters other than the narrator to be one-dimensional - though this is probably intentional, an illustration of Humbert Humbert's "solipsizing" (Nabokov's word) them. Different parts of the novel offer sharply different tones. The pace is uneven at times, and the story's conclusion felt rushed, at least to me. These flaws are far obscured, however, by the novel's merits, and Lolita is quite possibly the best book I have ever read. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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Ok, obviously it's a disgusting topic, but I loved to hate it. Just like if you see Jack Gleeson ( plays Joffrey Baratheon in GOT ) on the streets you would feel like punching him in the face, not because he is a bad actor but because he is a good actor and plays a whiny asshole brilliantly.
I felt curiosity, repulsion, compassion, indignation and sadness for every character of this book; Navokov portraits them with many layers, that makes it feel more real.
The narrator is really good.
English is not my 1st language, but in my opinion I think it's advanced. For me it was a bit hard for me to follow, I had to re listen several times, although I have to say that it was beautifully written almost poetic.
still disturbing. I feel this book goes on a little long and becomes a little unbelievable. hard to listen to at certain times. a portrait of evil.
Lolita is beautiful, charming, lyrical. It pirouettes and gambols across the United States -- a road trip of ennui infused with the perverse desire of Humbert Humbert for his 13 year-old love. The book is magical in expressing his self-loathing and his powerful lust, at once disturbing and intoxicating. I started this book years ago for a contemporary American Lit course at university, but I didn't finish it. This time, I could not help but finish it. At various points, I felt dirty just for continuing, but compelled like the narrator, to carry on. It amounts to an awesome literary achievement.