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Lolita (book)

136 Ratings: 3.2
A book by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita (1955) is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, first written in English and published in 1955 in Paris, later translated by the author into Russian and published in 1958 in New York. The book is internationally famous for its innovative style and infamous … see full wiki

Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Genre: Fiction, Literature
Publisher: Everyman's Library, Vintage
Date Published: 1955
24 reviews about Lolita (book)
review by . January 04, 2010
Book Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Click here to read the book quotes.      As most of Nabokov's books are, this one was an exceptional joy to read. Even though the subject matter is deplorable, the writing style, imagery, and emotions that comprise this story make it a great piece of literary fiction.      As I read the book, I found myself in another time and place that was described by a detestable pedophile named Humbert Humbert. From the very beginning of the book, it's easy …
Quick Tip by . June 20, 2011
It has been awhile since I read this book and others by the author. I recommend it highly. Most people think of it only as a sex book. In fact the name Lolita has become synonomous with sex with a young girl. However, these peope are ovelooking the fact that this is a very well-written book.
review by . February 11, 2010
A wonderful book that should not be missed!
      my edition       Lolita is one of those books that you're either going to love or you're going to hate. I choose the former -- it is simply superb.         I fell in love with Nabokov after reading Pale Fire, but I'd never read Lolita. Truthfully, this book has been sitting on my bookshelf for years, because I was hesitant to read it due to the subject matter. Yes, the main character is a pedophile, yes, the subject in question …
review by . July 06, 2010
Vladimir Nabokov writes Lolita with an elegance that is more similar to poetry than prose. Despite Russian being his native tongue, he masters the English language with an ease and grace that is difficult to find in many writers. Although the book has been banned in the past and the subject matter often troubles moral purists and schoolteachers alike, the book is written in such a way that is tasteful and beautiful.      Humbert Humbert’s love for Lolita is forbidden, …
review by . May 19, 2010
This book is simply beautiful! Most people may think beautiful is a strange word to describe a love relationship between a very young girl and her much elder admirer, but Nabokov succeeds in writing the book in a way that denies all pre-conceived opinions. He is able to strip age from the two characters in order to reveal true human emotions in an entirely new spectrum. The plot is original and unpredictable and follows the "couple" as middle-aged Humbert traverses the country from one …
review by . June 08, 2010
This is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest books written in the 20th century, not that I'm into hyperbole, but if my mom and any copy of this book were falling out of an airplane, and I could only save one- bye, mom.      This is the story, at least on the surface, of a middle- aged man in love with a 12 year old girl.  More importantly, this is an immaculately written book about desires that deviate from society's accepted norms.  It is also an example …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
This book is beautifully written about disgusting events. It's great, but it seriously drags.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Lolita is an amazing book for the alliteration alone!
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
slightly disturbing tale but definitely a fair commentary on our culture
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Nabokov's writing is absolutely beautiful. It's like reading poetry, not prose!
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
Brilliant writing.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
too slow to get started & then too slow to get into the other parts you might have anticipated coming. a good, unique concept (especially for its time), but i had to force myself to read it after about 100 pages.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
This book will change you. I've read it several times and I'm still amazed at what Nabokov was able to do with language. One of my all time favorites.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
absolutely splendid and heart-wrenching.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
brilliant
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
This is a beautifully written story, though the subject matter is disturbing.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
At the time it was pretty racy
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
This was a hard one for me to read. I'm glad I read it but as an ex camp counselor, it was so hard to see a girl robbed of the girl-ness that I spent much of my time encouraging in my campers.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
The author is too bias!
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
a intriguing dark novel
Quick Tip by . May 28, 2010
Better than the movie (all of them). Too literary for my taste when I re-read it, but it's Nabokov after all, so . . . it's for the literate
Quick Tip by . May 19, 2010
Endearing, beautiful, would read again and again.
review by . June 21, 2009
I bought Nabokov's novel because of its reputation for being an excellent work of fiction, but only recently actually got around to reading it. The writing indeed is superb but, for me, required careful concentration to catch just a portion of the author's plays-on-words, cynical jokes, and classical literary allusions. A basic knowledge of French is helpful too. As most people know, it is the story of 40-year-old intellectual Swiss pedophile Humbert Humbert and his doomed sexual passion for a 12-year-old …
review by . December 14, 2007
Pros: Clever language     Cons: Obsession, horrible narrator, instead of puzzle, we are given confusion for no real reason     The Bottom Line: The novel has a reputation that isn't deserved. I can't believe what I'm going to say: read the Masterplots version instead, then pick up a different American classic.     I have wrestled with the difficulty of writing reviews for “classic” novels (this paragraph deals only with this topic, …
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