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ISBN13: 9780679723165
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Why should everyone read a book about a pedophile's obsessive and frankly gross relationship with a little girl? Because if you are a reader — a lover of words, puns, witticisms, metaphors, and allusions — Lolita is a literary masterpiece that can't be passed over in a fit of queasy morality. Humbert Humbert, the novel's unreliable narrator, knows that he's a despicable pervert and yet the reader can't help enjoying him as he surveys post-war America and little Lolita with the droll, cynical eye of a European expat adrift in a tawdry nation, and stuck irrevocably — and irredeemably — in the memory of an adolescent love affair. Please, ignore the critics: Lolita isn't a morality tale and it isn't a love story. It's an unabashed look at a deviant mind written in some of the most deft and beautiful English ever published.
Recommended by Rhianna Walton, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"It is a distinguished novel." Graham Greene

Review:

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

Review:

"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.

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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Grover, October 26, 2014 (view all comments by Grover)

As someone who likes to consider themselves an avid reader, I am almost constantly reading. That being said, I often read books that are easily forgotten. This book was not one of them. Lolita, a novel written by Vladimir Nabokov, details the life of Humbert Humbert, a literary scholar, with an disturbing obsession for younger girls. Within the first few chapters of this novel, I was both horrified and astounded by Humbert's antics. It also became very clear that he was not, in fact, a reliable narrator. After making this discovery I started to realize just how demented and dark this novel is. Nabokov's writing style is very unique and made this a story that was very hard to put down. This novel gives the reader the chance to peer inside Humbert's mind and see what he is really thinking whether the reader wants to or not. Humbert is a very persusive man and at times, as embarrassed as I am to say this, made me pity him and take his side. If it were up to me, I would have everyone I know read this devastating yet powerful novel. Congratulations Nabokov, your novel changed the way I think about things.
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Grover, October 26, 2014 (view all comments by Grover)

As someone who likes to consider themselves an avid reader, I am almost constantly reading. That being said, I often read books that are easily forgotten. This book was not one of them. Lolita, a novel written by Vladimir Nabokov, details the life of Humbert Humbert, a literary scholar, with an disturbing obsession for younger girls. Within the first few chapters of this novel, I was both horrified and astounded by Humbert's antics. It also became very clear that he was not, in fact, a reliable narrator. After making this discovery I started to realize just how demented and dark this novel is. Nabokov's writing style is very unique and made this a story that was very hard to put down. This novel gives the reader the chance to peer inside Humbert's mind and see what he is really thinking whether the reader wants to or not. Humbert is a very persusive man and at times, as embarrassed as I am to say this, made me pity him and take his side. If it were up to me, I would have everyone I know read this devastating yet powerful novel. Congratulations Nabokov, your novel changed the way I think about things.
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Samson101, June 15, 2014 (view all comments by Samson101)
Lolita was very entrancing. The writing was very skilled and beautiful- the words flowed like ballerinas through my head. The story, in and of itself, was very disturbing. This book is an amazing book in its entirety.
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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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Product details 336 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679723165 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Why should everyone read a book about a pedophile's obsessive and frankly gross relationship with a little girl? Because if you are a reader — a lover of words, puns, witticisms, metaphors, and allusions — Lolita is a literary masterpiece that can't be passed over in a fit of queasy morality. Humbert Humbert, the novel's unreliable narrator, knows that he's a despicable pervert and yet the reader can't help enjoying him as he surveys post-war America and little Lolita with the droll, cynical eye of a European expat adrift in a tawdry nation, and stuck irrevocably — and irredeemably — in the memory of an adolescent love affair. Please, ignore the critics: Lolita isn't a morality tale and it isn't a love story. It's an unabashed look at a deviant mind written in some of the most deft and beautiful English ever published.

"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.
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