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Description - Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, fastidious college professor. He also likes little girls. And none more so than Lolita, who he'll do anything to possess. 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?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141023496
ISBN-10: 014102349X
Format: Paperback
(180mm x 112mm x 26mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - Reviewed by (06 Sep 2010)

Nobokov’s classic, Lolita, is certainly not for the faint of heart – and that’s not just in reference to the subject matter, but also to the writing style. Nobokov’s style is unique, sometimes masking his meanings in complicated humours metaphors, to the point where you may actually miss something, like a joke falling on deaf ears. However, this does not in any way detract from the reading – it means simply that, when read a second or third or even fourth time, the reader will pick up on little plot intricacies or jokes that were not apparent previously.

Of course, the subject matter is deliciously taboo – an older man and an underage girl, his ‘Lolita’; Dolores Haze is a devilsome child tempting Humbert like children of her type do (known as ‘Nymphets’), in a way that only some possess. If you have seen the movie, prepare yourself for an extra shock. In the film Lolita is 14 years of age, but in the book, she’s only 12. This may upset some readers, so caution is warranted.

However, Lolita is very much in the comedy genre, and I must admit there were times in the book where I had to re-read a few paragraphs because I couldn’t believe just how amusing some of the humour was. It’s funny, vulgar, insane, and perverse – but nevertheless genius writing. Humbert is a very unique character, real to the point where you almost wonder if Nobokov is writing autobiographically.

Author Biography - Vladimir Nabokov

One of the twentieth century's master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977) was born in St Petersburg, but left Russia when the Bolsheviks seized power. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. His first novel in English was The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, published in 1941. His other books include Ada or Ardor (1969), Laughter in the Dark (1933), Pale Fire (1962), the short story collection Details of a Sunset (1976) and Lolita (1955), his best-known novel.

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