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)
HH looks down on everybody and everything except Lolita. He is such a pompous ass I can't help feeling there is a lot of Nabokov in HH. Leaves me thinking that Nabokov, while very intelligent man, was mental midget in comparison to his estimation of himself, or a genius like Leonardo.
Yes, I am interesting in reading what this author wrote beyond this book.
I did not like Jerry's narration. It's such an arrogant text to begin with, and Jerry only further intensified that posing.
Maybe, the book is a little long winded. Would be a better book at half the length.
A good effort. I would like to see the author trim the novel and make HH a more human character.
I had to listen to this (or read it, but this was far more efficient for my time) as part of my Fiction and Film class at my university. A big part of my hanging on to it was Jeremy Irons' narration, which is pretty amazing; he's a great actor! If I could not buy this audiobook, I would have most definitely struggled; it is by turns haunting and wretched, soaringly beautiful and wretchedly ugly. My skin crawled at times, but I'm happy I listened all the way through.
A very well-deserved $22.60 - I wasn't even miffed that there was no discount for owning the Kindle Edition!
The book was interesting and had the feel of "Crime and Punishment" -- watching someone with a somewhat twisted mind descend further and further, an imminent train wreck.
The narration was pretty good. However, the book periodically uses phrases in French that seem important at times. In a printed version, these might be explained in a footnote or appendix, but there's no such thing here so those phrases are simply lost.
Jeremy Irons' reading could not be better. The book is a masterpiece that stands alone but the reading brings it to life. A joy to listen to again and again.
The writing is amazing and beautiful, and the story is morose and heart wrenching. Still it is a fascinating case study into his mind.
This was probably written by an expert pedophile. This book teaches others how to become one.
Eerie narrator, captures Humbert Humbert as I imagined him. First time I've ever felt I could feel empathy for a character who identifies as a child rapist. I think I'm going to go watch a whole lot of BDSM triple x porn now to try and feel pure again.
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