Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita

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  • Makes you think, really think.

    Oct 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Intelligent. Deeply moving. Classic Nabokov style.
    Cons: Topic might turn off some uptight, close-minded people.

    Summary: Quite frankly I don't see how this book can be considered as controversial. It's not even erotic, much less arousing unless you have a weird sexual fetish for Nabokov. The subject matter is ugly, that much is true, but it's as real as all the other ... read more

  • A Love Story

    Sep 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: beautifully written, a great love story, good character development and very descriptive
    Cons: too much French

    Summary: I won't even begin to list the preconceived notions I had about this book before I so much as saw the front cover. Surely now everyone has heard of Nobokov's most infamous work, Lolita. This raised even more controversy when the movie based on the ... read more

  • Taboo Topic meets Classic Literature

    Aug 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An unequalled "love" story that deserves to be a classic.
    Cons: Too much French dialogue.

    Summary: I originally anticipated that I would be reading a book that was much more lewd and "smutty" than Lolita turned out to be. To my surprise, Nabokov's style is completely unoffensive even if his subject matter, a middle-aged man seducing and ... read more

  • passion at it's maddest

    Jul 17, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: excellent love story, not sappy
    Cons: might be tough to understand at some points

    Summary: A psycological romance from which I could not tear myself away. From the very first sentence, the writer and his style grab you and hold your attention. The passion, lust...love is decribed in such detail that you can feel your own loins start to ... read more

  • Lo-Li-Ta

    Jul 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: See the review.
    Cons: There aren't any.

    Summary: "Lolita", that precocious piece of fiction tearing at fundamentalist sides and tanatlizing adolescents searching for a crass Milleresque rip into Lo's nubile flesh. Well, you will be disappointed, lest you be searching for ecstatic prose, ... read more

  • an engrossing story

    Jun 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: engaging, complex, fascinating
    Cons: pay attention or you'll miss the fun stuff!

    Summary: "Lolita," by Vladimir Nabokov, wins over the reader virtually instantly. Despite the subject matter (an older man lusting after a teenage girl--a nymphet, as he thinks of her), the novel is not creepy. Rather, it's hilariously funny without ... read more

  • A Great Novel

    Jun 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Makes you think a lot
    Cons: None

    Summary: Nabokov is brilliant. This is a very psychological novel, about a man who chases after young girls... and falls in love with one. Of course, this subject is for a mature audience, and should be read with an open mind. We are introduced to ... read more

  • No gods, just monsters.

    Apr 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Surprisingly funny, challenging topic
    Cons: Descriptive overkill (at times)

    Summary: OK, I have to admit I felt like kind of a creep when I paid for Lolita at the bookstore counter. I mean, what sort of a 40-something man buys a book about another 40-something man who seduces a 12 year old girl? It is hard to imagine this ... read more

  • Uh... pedophilia is Fun

    Apr 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything - a literary masterpiece
    Cons: A lot of French which can be confusing to some

    Summary: Upon first reading of Lolita, I was swept away by the caricature of Humbert Humbert. His awkward bumblings, his twisted tormented desires and his hesitant actions brought forth my contempt, but his old world manner, his cool, self-justifying ... read more

  • Nabokov Hates Quilty

    Mar 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: One helluva book
    Cons: None

    Summary: Love and “Reality” Vladimir Nabokov offers his readers one possible interpretation of the novel “Lolita” in Clare Quity’s play “The Enchanted Hunters,” in which, (Humber Humbert says) “reality and mirage merge in love.” Humbert rejects the ... read more

  • Lolita, one of Nabokov's finest.

    Feb 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Well written, complex characters.
    Cons: This book is practically flawless.

    Summary: "Lolita" has been viewed with contempt and notorioty since it's publication. Nabokov was viewed as a sexual deviant about a subject as taboo as pedophilia. You don't have to advocate a subject to write about it. What may be disturbing to ... read more

  • Haunting.

    Feb 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An novel that makes you think, and re-think what you think.
    Cons: Is not for all audiences.

    Summary: Nabokov is brilliant. This is a very psychological novel, about a man who chases after young girls... and falls in love with one. Of course, this subject is for a mature audience, and should be read with an open mind. We are introduced to ... read more

  • A Rich and Powerful Tale

    Jan 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: incredible writing, richly drawn characters, deep and thought-provoking plot
    Cons: You can only read it for the first time once

    Summary: In his masterpiece "Lolita" Vladimir Nabokov weaves multi-faceted characters into a twisting, unpredictable plot. The narrator Humbert Humbert leads us through his obsession with the young Lolita, attempting at every turn to convince us that ... read more

  • Light of my life, fire of my loins...

    Nov 4, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: One of the best books written.
    Cons: Dense prose not for everyone.

    Summary: Lolita is not a love story. Lolita is a story about one man's obsession and how far he'll go to pursue that obsession. To say that Humbert Humbert loves Lolita is like saying Ken Starr is fond of Bill Clinton. One of the truly brilliant ... read more

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