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 was astounded by Nabokov skill in telling a story that is so repulsive that the reader squirms and his ability to draw out empathy. I found myself questioning my own values on numerous subjects.
Jeremy Irons is H. H. BRILLANT!
Catching up on the literary classics brought me to this performance of Lolita by Jeremy Irons. Never have I listened to a book reading with this quality of expression.
I don't think anyone but Jeremy Irons could read this novel. Of course, Jeremy Irons could read a phone book and I would listen to it, but his cultured voice is especially suited for this story.
Due to the pedophilia, this novel isn't for everyone. It is well-written and I can see why it is a classic.
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.
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