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Awe and exhiliration — 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.

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"It is a distinguished novel." Graham Greene

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"Lolita is a fine book, a distinguished book — all right then — a great book." Dorothy Parker, Esquire

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"Passions never burned so feverishly as in this, the great and perverse love story of our times." Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

Nabokov's notorious erotic murder mystery takes the form of a monologue by his hero, Humbert Humbert, as he attempts to justify his love for and obsession with the barely adolescent Lolita. Humbert Humbert is contrasted with the evil Quilty, who pursues Lolita not out of love but out of lust and selfishness, and who functions as a kind of double for the more pure-hearted (if perverse) Humbert — and whom Humbert must murder in the end.

Synopsis:

Awe and exhiliration--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.

About the Author

Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1899. After studying French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, he launched his literary career in Berlin and Paris. In 1940 he moved to the United States, here he achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. Lolita, arguably his most famous novel, was first published, by the Olympia Press, Paris, on September 15, 1955, and became a controversial success. Nabokov died in Montreux Switzerland in 1977.

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Manrique, April 1, 2014 (view all comments by Manrique)
If you are browsing this review you might be contemplating reading Lolita, or the Confession of a White Widowed Male by Vladimir Nabokov; and I have one opinion on that, READ IT!
Not to spoil the book, but here is a brief summary of Lolita: Humbert Humbert the narrator and main character of Lolita writes to us, his “jury” the events of his life and the twisted reason behind them. As a young child Humbert fell in love with a girl named Annabel, they are very sexual but don’t have sex before Annabel’s death. This leaves Humbert stuck on his love and every trait about her, including her youth. He tries to escape his lust for young girls whom he calls Nymphets, but even with marriage he cannot escape the pull they have on his heart and in his pants. During a trip to the United States (he is originally from France) he rents a room from Charlotte Haze, who just happens to have a young pre pubescent daughter, named Lolita. Through events Lolita and Humbert become lovers, which leads them on a cross-country trip that ends with heartbreak and death.
Here is a little background information on the author Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. He was born in Russia in 1899, after the Russian Revolution his family and he where exiled to England. His writing carrier first started with writing in Russian, but a move to America with his wife and son inspired him to write in English. Many publishers turned down Lolita due to its obscene topic; many countries also banned the novel. No book had been written like Lolita, exploring the dark side of sex and impure ideas.
Nobokov’s beautiful diction and use of literary elements paints a beautiful picture with such a horrible subject; an example of this is this is Humberts ablity to express his love of Lolita “ I loved you. I was a pentapod monster, but I loved you. I was despicable and brutal, and turpid, and everything, mais je t’aimais, je taimais” (32.) The use of foreshadowing and fate is very aperient through out the whole book, from the reparation of numbers to name and titles creating a whole connection between every detail of the book. One theme I found very prominent through out the novel is the stereotypical suburban blindness; as long as the handsome face of Humbert kept up his appearance and kept his dark secrets hidden no one ever questioned the charming man and his “daughter”.
Being the first of it’s kind; Lolita opened the world to a new point of view and darkness. The book does leave out how Lolita feels and ends without hearing her outcome but by doing so it leaves the reader with questions and is an artist choice chosen by Nabokov. Lolita set the bar high for many postmodernist novels and philological novels. The secret lives of the American suburban social class has a dark secret hidden by perfection of appearances and this theme is exceptionally shown through this novel.
In conclusion I deem Lolita a must read, its an amazing and controversial master piece!
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Manrique, April 1, 2014 (view all comments by Manrique)
If you are browsing this review you might be contemplating reading Lolita, or the Confession of a White Widowed Male by Vladimir Nabokov; and I have one opinion on that, READ IT!
Not to spoil the book, but here is a brief summary of Lolita: Humbert Humbert the narrator and main character of Lolita writes to us, his “jury” the events of his life and the twisted reason behind them. As a young child Humbert fell in love with a girl named Annabel, they are very sexual but don’t have sex before Annabel’s death. This leaves Humbert stuck on his love and every trait about her, including her youth. He tries to escape his lust for young girls whom he calls Nymphets, but even with marriage he cannot escape the pull they have on his heart and in his pants. During a trip to the United States (he is originally from France) he rents a room from Charlotte Haze, who just happens to have a young pre pubescent daughter, named Lolita. Through events Lolita and Humbert become lovers, which leads them on a cross-country trip that ends with heartbreak and death.
Here is a little background information on the author Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. He was born in Russia in 1899, after the Russian Revolution his family and he where exiled to England. His writing carrier first started with writing in Russian, but a move to America with his wife and son inspired him to write in English. Many publishers turned down Lolita due to its obscene topic; many countries also banned the novel. No book had been written like Lolita, exploring the dark side of sex and impure ideas.
Nobokov’s beautiful diction and use of literary elements paints a beautiful picture with such a horrible subject; an example of this is this is Humberts ablity to express his love of Lolita “ I loved you. I was a pentapod monster, but I loved you. I was despicable and brutal, and turpid, and everything, mais je t’aimais, je taimais” (32.) The use of foreshadowing and fate is very aperient through out the whole book, from the reparation of numbers to name and titles creating a whole connection between every detail of the book. One theme I found very prominent through out the novel is the stereotypical suburban blindness; as long as the handsome face of Humbert kept up his appearance and kept his dark secrets hidden no one ever questioned the charming man and his “daughter”.
Being the first of it’s kind; Lolita opened the world to a new point of view and darkness. The book does leave out how Lolita feels and ends without hearing her outcome but by doing so it leaves the reader with questions and is an artist choice chosen by Nabokov. Lolita set the bar high for many postmodernist novels and philological novels. The secret lives of the American suburban social class has a dark secret hidden by perfection of appearances and this theme is exceptionally shown through this novel.
In conclusion I deem Lolita a must read, its an amazing and controversial master piece!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Manrique, April 1, 2014 (view all comments by Manrique)
If you are browsing this review you might be contemplating reading Lolita, or the Confession of a White Widowed Male by Vladimir Nabokov; and I have one opinion on that, READ IT!
Not to spoil the book, but here is a brief summary of Lolita: Humbert Humbert the narrator and main character of Lolita writes to us, his “jury” the events of his life and the twisted reason behind them. As a young child Humbert fell in love with a girl named Annabel, they are very sexual but don’t have sex before Annabel’s death. This leaves Humbert stuck on his love and every trait about her, including her youth. He tries to escape his lust for young girls whom he calls Nymphets, but even with marriage he cannot escape the pull they have on his heart and in his pants. During a trip to the United States (he is originally from France) he rents a room from Charlotte Haze, who just happens to have a young pre pubescent daughter, named Lolita. Through events Lolita and Humbert become lovers, which leads them on a cross-country trip that ends with heartbreak and death.
Here is a little background information on the author Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. He was born in Russia in 1899, after the Russian Revolution his family and he where exiled to England. His writing carrier first started with writing in Russian, but a move to America with his wife and son inspired him to write in English. Many publishers turned down Lolita due to its obscene topic; many countries also banned the novel. No book had been written like Lolita, exploring the dark side of sex and impure ideas.
Nobokov’s beautiful diction and use of literary elements paints a beautiful picture with such a horrible subject; an example of this is this is Humberts ablity to express his love of Lolita “ I loved you. I was a pentapod monster, but I loved you. I was despicable and brutal, and turpid, and everything, mais je t’aimais, je taimais” (32.) The use of foreshadowing and fate is very aperient through out the whole book, from the reparation of numbers to name and titles creating a whole connection between every detail of the book. One theme I found very prominent through out the novel is the stereotypical suburban blindness; as long as the handsome face of Humbert kept up his appearance and kept his dark secrets hidden no one ever questioned the charming man and his “daughter”.
Being the first of it’s kind; Lolita opened the world to a new point of view and darkness. The book does leave out how Lolita feels and ends without hearing her outcome but by doing so it leaves the reader with questions and is an artist choice chosen by Nabokov. Lolita set the bar high for many postmodernist novels and philological novels. The secret lives of the American suburban social class has a dark secret hidden by perfection of appearances and this theme is exceptionally shown through this novel.
In conclusion I deem Lolita a must read, its an amazing and controversial master piece!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679723165
Author:
Nabokov, Vladimir
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Middle aged men
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Erotic stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International (Paperback)
Series Volume:
0000
Publication Date:
19890331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.03x5.21x.77 in. .57 lbs.

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"Review" by , "It is a distinguished novel."
"Review" by , "Lolita is a fine book, a distinguished book — all right then — a great book."
"Review" by , "Passions never burned so feverishly as in this, the great and perverse love story of our times."
"Synopsis" by , Nabokov's notorious erotic murder mystery takes the form of a monologue by his hero, Humbert Humbert, as he attempts to justify his love for and obsession with the barely adolescent Lolita. Humbert Humbert is contrasted with the evil Quilty, who pursues Lolita not out of love but out of lust and selfishness, and who functions as a kind of double for the more pure-hearted (if perverse) Humbert — and whom Humbert must murder in the end.
"Synopsis" by , Awe and exhiliration--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.
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