Savagely funny and hauntingly sad, Lolita is Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel. It is the story of tortured college professor Humbert Humbert and his dangerous obsession with honey-skinned schoolgirl Dolores Haze.
Determined to possess his "Lolita", Humbert embarks on a disastrous journey across an American landscape littered with fast-food diners, gas stations and lonely motels. Brilliantly evocative and bitingly satirical in its depiction of postwar America, Lolita still has the power to shock and beguile.
©1955 Vladimir Nabokov; (P)2005 Random House Audio
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"Beautiful and Brutal - Love without Love."
This is a story about cruelty dressed up as love. This is a story of obsession.
A man, Humbert Humbert, engulfs the life of a 12 year old girl, Dolorous Haze who he names Lolita.
This is a story of child rape. After a series of events he ends up on the road travelling from motel to hotel to motel along the arteries of America with his little prisoner.
This is a story of sexual obsession, repression, enslavement.
This is also a book of supreme literary beauty and here we find the discomforting confrontation of the novel Lolita. That thing that repels every atom with its frank and twisted abdication of all moral norms while at the same time drawing the reader in to face their own pre-conceived moral certainties head-on.
Never has a novel, albeit one written in the 1950's, challenged the reader on so many levels. To read with chilling repulsion of the crimes that are committed while simultaneously marveling at the power of language and literature, euphemism and èntendres, that prowl through this story, biting the willing hand off the reader and cleverly chucking little bombs into the narration that always leaves the reader dusting him/herself down and breathing out sharply.
Jeremy Irons does this book a wonderful service and he certainly earns his corn here, putting in the performance of a life time.
Captivating story, brilliantly read.
Superb writing. Excellent narration. A great book. A disturbing and unsettling story however, at times revolting. One must not lose sight of the fact that it's fiction, not autobiographical.
Jeremy Irons really brings Nabokov's gorgeous prose to life here, whilst perfectly capturing the essence of Humbert. Couldn't recommend this enough
"Grim but excellent."
This is a wonderfully written book from Vladimir Nabokov and beautifully performed by Jeremy Irons. Although touching a grim and brutal topic, it's also delicate and fragile.
"Literary marvel read by a superb actor"
One of the wonders of the literary world, Nabokov's ability in combining melancholy and humour is unrivaled evident through this novel. The intricate narrative is perfumed in prose. And J Iron's voice is the perfect match.
After reading Lolita several times I decided to listen to the audio version - Nabokov's exquisite and provocative language is always a pleasure.
"Beautiful and well crafted."
Mr Nabokov cleverly draws us in (and repels others) with the taboo, then takes us on a ride along with a suitcase full of dark and brutal humour to keep us entertained along the way. To clear up any misconceptions, In no way is this to be considered pornographic. It chronicles the temptations created by and pursuance of "Lolita" and digs down into the subtleties of human nature, the compulsion of desires, jealousy and relationships both good and bad.
"Eloquent and challenging."
As the title says, the narrator is an eloquent and challenged, tortured man who's narration draws you in with morbid curiosity to his twisted journey.
Brilliantly written book. Amazing descriptive writing. Interesting topic to write about and somehow I felt quite sorry for the main protagonist.
Well worth reading or even better getting Jeremy irons to read it to you!
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