With one of the most controversial novels of the twentieth century, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is a strange, troubling love story told by the one of the most unreliable narrators in literature. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an afterword by Craig Raine. Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and ...
With one of the most controversial novels of the twentieth century, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is a strange, troubling love story told by the one of the most unreliable narrators in literature. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an afterword by Craig Raine. Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically, out of love, 'to fix once for all the perilous magic of nymphets'. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these? Humbert Humbert's seduction is one of many dimensions in Nabokov's dizzying masterpiece, which is suffused with a savage humour and rich, elaborate verbal textures. Filmed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962 starring James Mason and Peter Sellers, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne starring Jeremy Irons and Melanie Griffith, Lolita has lost none of its power to shock and awe. "Lolita is comedy, subversive yet divine...You read Lolita sprawling limply in your chair, ravished, overcome, nodding scandalized assent." (Martin Amis, Observer).
This was a great book. I gave it 4 stars because is was somewhere between good and excellent. It was a little hard to follow at times because some of the words were a little over my head, Keep a dictionary handy.
Aug 20, 2010
Lolita should be in hardcover, and the one I purchased here was in excellent shape.
Jul 14, 2010
This book is probably one of the best I have ever read. Unlike most books, the so called bad guy gives you his point of view on his love for nymphs like Dolores Haze. It's an excellent read if you like psychological books and are willing to steep through the mind of a pedophile.
Jun 11, 2009
Deep insights into the mind of a pedophile.
No wonder we never could find it when we were young.
Sep 8, 2008
love at first sight
You will fall in love with this book after the first chapter. Really after the first sentence, if you're like me. Wonderful read, fantastical subject, poetic, smooth. My favorite book of all time.
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