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Lolita | [Vladimir Nabokov]

Lolita

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of my tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

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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  • Philip
    Ireland
    6/27/13
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay Kay Caddy
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    1/14/13
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    "Fantastic book! So glad I listened & so surprised"

    I bought this book because its a classic and a book you're supposed to read so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did, I was hooked from start to finish. Who'd have thought a book about paedophilia would be one of the best books I've read! Very well written and a very interesting perspective. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. H. Morris
    UK
    9/25/12
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    "Enjoyable, well read"

    I enjoyed this narration by Jeremy Iron's but the subject matter is rather disturbing. Still very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kidzbookdetective
    u.k
    10/19/13
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    "AWFUL"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Wanttosound well read air heads.


    What was most disappointing about Vladimir Nabokov’s story?

    Why is this book hailed as iconic? I was bored to tears with the style, content- everything, in fact.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Incineration.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lolita?

    All of it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    7/22/10
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    "Lolita"

    I found this a disturbing read,and personally I didn't enjoy it, however it is an apparently realistic insight into the mind of the 'predator'.Jeremy Irons is the ideal narrator.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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