Awe and exhilaration, along with heartbreak and mordant wit, abound in this account of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. But most of all, it is a meditation on love — as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.
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"Lolita is an authentic work of art which compels our immediate response and serious reflection, a revealing and indispensable comedy of horrors." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Language is essential to Lolita, and Mr. Irons captures Humbert's voice perfectly. In the Random House audiobook, he read the novel with a sensitivity to the language that conveys all of Nabokov's humor, passion, and lyricism." (The New York Times)
A beautifully written, disturbing, thought provoking, provocative, poetic story. Jeremy Irons reading is languid, liqueur for the ears. Hated for it to end.
Jeremy Irons did a great job as a narrator. Although I couldn't stop imagining as if Scar the character from The Lion King was narrating this story.
In over all, it was worth the time and the money.
I had to read it twice to fully appreciate this book. The first read was overwhelming due to the reader's exposure to Humbert's preferences. The second read was so I could enjoy the book for what it is - a beautifully written book with dashes of dry humor.
If the main character and those like him never existed.
All of them
I couldn't get past the first chapters. I'm flabbergasted that this is considered acceptable entertainment.
I bought this only having heard the title and reading the publishers description, which in hindsight does amazing backflips to avoid mentioning its pedophilic rapist main character.
That being said, this is a beautifully written book. There's no question that any lesser writer would not have been able to get this type of story published or popularized quite like Nabokov. Jeremy irons did an amazing narration.
Published the year I was born, and I finally "read" it. Slow at first, but the road trips were interesting observation of America that do not seem dated.
Bless Vladimir's heart; only he could've taken such a horrid subject & provided it to us in such a captivating bundle.
And if'n we're gonna saunter through his bundle, then thank you for giving us Jeremy's voice to guide us.
A unique exploration of the dark and sometimes bright avenues compulsively traversed by one so human being. By turns repellant and heartbreaking, but always familiar, recognizable.
Gotta mention--as compelling as the disturbing themes are, Jeremy Irons' perfect (yes, perfect) reading, his mere voice, are so entrancing that I found myself losing track of the story. I kept awakening from the enchanting melodic dream he weaves amid the lush evocative prose.
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