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)
Yes. Jeremy Irons is brilliant -- the nuance of this troubling tale is brought to life by Irons.
There are no likable characters in this story. It is an exploration of wickedness, old school wickedness.
Movies, yes, and this is my first Irons audiobook. I'll look for others.
The story line
Ever changing human psyche. Raw and deeply sad
I believe the he makes the protagonist more human. Though err, flaw and judged.
Dark corners of human mind
A sad classic
The contemptuous, petty HH buttresses cynical actions and self serving justifications with hyper vigilant attention to detail and cutting wit. A spectacle, beautifully narrated.
This book was so perfectly performed and perfectly written. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Just be prepared for the sensation of a family of metallic spiders crawling up your spine and making their nest in the hairs of your head.
Irons reads it like he wrote it. Nabokov's mind bogglingly beautiful writing is recited so effortlessly and enjoyably. Fantastic.
I read this book several years ago and have always felt somewhat confused and slighted by the story. Listening to it was the solution. This reader does such a great job with the character, and I was able to follow along much better listening. A very challenging and intriguing story with mystery and thoughtfulness. I would definitely recommend.
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