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)
I mainly enjoy YA literature, though I do venture to other genres if the description of a book catches my fancy. I get attached stories.
I was surprised how absolutely engrossed I was in the story. At first it was a bit unnerving to think the narrator was talking about young girls, but then after a while you seem to forget.
It was so eloquently written, and Jeremy Irons read it so wonderfully, that I really would have finished it in a day had I not been obligated to do other things.
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.
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