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)
The contrast between the beautiful way he writes and the horrible things he writes about, is absolutely wonderful. The narrator takes this to a whole new level!!
Loved the story, the storyteller and the language in this book. However, it was some times hard to follow the story as an audio-book, especially if there were many things happening around me. I had to focus to get the most out of it. Inn all other ways it was a wonderful book!
Lolita is a complicated novel. It exists within the cultural cannon and is accepted for its literary merits, however the subject matter will never be discussed with ease or comfort. Just when you have written off Humbert as the incorrigible madman that he is, the dynamic (and unreliable) narration pulls you back in. It's hard to distinguish the real from the surreal, the fantastic from the actual - and in the end it doesn't matter. Nabokov commands the English language and the landscape of the USA as if it were uniquely his own.
The road trip after retrieving Lolita from camp is full of memorable landscapes in the text and such evocative images of America during the 1950's. Nabokov plays with the concept of a very adult relationship and the realities of a young, teenage girl in a very humorous and irreverent manner however still draws on the darkness of innocence lost.
Jeremy Irons is an actor - and I don't simply mean that he acted in the film adaptation of Lolita, but he acts in the audiobook as all characters with ease and subtlety of an artist. He emotes as Humbert, he is irreverent as Humbert, he is disgusting as Humbert, and he is sympathetic as Humbert. In reading the book it is easy to superimpose your own judgments on the character and miss some of the delicately woven trickery that makes this novel thrilling to read. I have never been so thrilled with language as reading this novel, hearing the audio spoken by Irons is an art to be consumed.
If you are someone who doesn't quite derive the same pleasure from an audiobook as a written text, the rich language of Nabokov is illuminated and made even more pleasurable by this reading by Irons. Read, re-read, listen, re-listen you will always find more in Lolita.
The preview is from the prologue, which (thankfully) is in a different voice from the rest of the novel, which is lyrical, enthralling, and well worth your time.
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.
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