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The most controversial classic novel of the 20th century, Lolita tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged man who is aroused to erotic desire only by a young girl. Awe and exhilaration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story 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. Most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation
Publisher: New York : Vintage, 1997
Edition: Second Vintage International edition
Copyright Date: ©1955
ISBN: 9780679723165
Branch Call Number: FIC Nabokov, V 1997
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 21 cm


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Feb 15, 2018

Classic !!! one of the great pieces of literature ever ~ 420 >> My darling Lo

TomKPatterson Feb 14, 2017

This is a book that has shaken me and will not quite let me go. I had wanted to read it for awhile, I was aware of it's status as a classic, but I never got around to reading the whole thing.

What I have found is a deeply poetic, profoundly disturbing piece of art. Most of the time when people talk on things that were banned sixty, fifty, forty years ago, I figure they are pretty tame by today's standards. Lolita is a different animal. It's still pretty shocking, its subject matter still controversial. The book tests your limits of empathy. The protagonist is a monster who doesn't quite grasp how monstrous he really behaves and the entire narrative asks you to view the world through his very specific set of eyes. It's a curious, chilling, beautiful book. Read it.

AL_JEREMIAH Aug 08, 2016

I’ll add my name to the list of people who feel awkward recommending this book, but who still recommend it anyway. Despite the disturbing and uneasy content matter, this book is truly exceptional and worth reading. Nabokov was extremely intelligent, had a genius for language and storytelling, and presents the story in a safe and clever way; (it’s not overtly explicit or lewd). It’s primarily the story of Humbert Humbert and his love for the (way too) young Lolita, what he does in order to obtain her, how the relationship collapses, and the consequences of it. In one sense it reads like a suspense novel. In another sense it’s a literary goldmine. The writing alone warrants classic status. From all I’ve read I’ve never seen anyone use the English language like he does. His abilities for word-play, word-creation, and verbal gymnastics are astonishing. And the narration strategy — having the story be told by Humbert — adds a whole other interpretive factor, making you have to think for yourself about what’s really happening and form your own interpretation. The book is read all over the world and is on several “best novels ever published” lists.

CMLibrary_sfetzer May 17, 2016

Lolita is Nabokov`s most famous novel and certainly his most discussed. Lolita has been banned in many countries, countless libraries, and several states since its first publication. The plot follows Humbert Humbert, an erudite man who engages in a sexual relationship with an underage girl whom he calls Lolita. Though the subject matter of the book is grotesque and at times explicit, this incredibly learned piece of fiction successfully worms itself into the reader`s psyche. Nabokov`s use of the unreliable and unsympathetic narrator in Humbert is brilliant. Lolita is a novel that is still shocking readers sixty years after its release, and it also happens to be a great piece of fiction.

Feb 05, 2016

Why in the world does everyone love this book? It's about a pedophile defacing a young girl, his "true love". It's not even well written. I put this down as one of those books that is popular to like but lacks substance and decent storytelling. I would not recommend.

Marlowe Jan 08, 2016

Nabokov's beautifully poetic prose contrasts with the scandalous and objectionable plot, challenging the reader's sympathies and understandings of human nature and power dynamics.

librarylizzard Jul 31, 2015

This is a classic for a reason, and Jeremy Irons takes it to another level with his narration. I was torn between feeling pity and disgust for Humbert Humbert, the older male protagonist, and cheering for him in his quest to win his Lolita. The overall tone and plot leaves one feeling a bit uncomfortable and exposed, which is strangely thrilling!

morrisonist Jul 23, 2015

Jean-Claude Pierre de Humbert Humbert seeks after Lolita and has to kill Claire Quilty out of terror for what he did! Neither are pedophiles, but nympholepts who cannot understand reality

morrisonist Jul 13, 2015

This is a weirded out view of the Russian revolution, made out to be a view of adolescent sexuality, and a bad poet

Jun 19, 2015

It is well written. And it is as weird as you think its going to be. Maybe even a bit more so. Humbert comes across as very pathetic. Its definitely an interesting read, albeit disturbing.

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Sexual Content: Its about a relationship between a grown man and a 12 year old girl.

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PimaLib_SamR May 04, 2017

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita. Did she have a precursor? She did, indeed she did. In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, an initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea. Oh when? About as many years before Lolita was born as my age was that summer. You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.

Mar 17, 2016

In her washed-out gray eyes, strangely spectacled, our poor romance was for a moment reflected, pondered upon, and dismissed like a dull party, like a rainy picnic to which only the dullest bores had come, like a humdrum exercise, like a bit of dry mud caking her childhood.

Mar 17, 2016

You know, what's so dreadful about dying is that you are completely on your own.


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