Capolavoro, un esplosione di emozioni, ogni pagina è un sussulto, uno struggimento, un gemito e un sospiro, uno scavo profondissimo nell‘animo del protagonista, nell‘animo di Lolita, in quello del lettore e in quello dello scrittore che, con una penna meravigliosamente ricercata ma non pretenziosa, senza voler ostentare alcuna virtù, ci avvolge nelle spire delle più fulgide sensazioni in un inno al tormento dell‘amore e dei sensi.
The book Lolita is about Humburt, an adult man, who is sexually attracted to Lolita, a young child. The central conflict is an internal conflict within Humburt. He has to restrain his sexual desires because of societal restraints. The book is very disturbing and I found myself cringing throughout most of my time reading it.
The central conflict within this book is Humbert Humbert's attraction to Lo, a young girl. His desire for her is considered societally unacceptable and he overcomes barriers keeping them apart by seducing and marrying her mother.
Lolita is a classic, written from the perspective of a very sick man. The writing places the reader within his mind as he fantasizes about a girl child who he nicknames Lolita. It's definitely an interesting read, though sometimes sickening and difficult to follow, and I would recommend it only because of its literary value and references in other works.
Lolita is written from the perspective of a grown man with an inappropriate sexual obsession with nymphets. It is written using his stream of thought as a continuos narrative. He spends his days thinking of fantasies about a young girl whom he refers to as “Lolita.“ Although this book is very entertaining, it is very nauseating and I would not recommend it.
Characters were really well written: I really felt how disgusting Humbert's mind was but at the same time it was interesting to follow his way of thinking and see things through criminal's mind.
This was really disturbing to read but that means this was really well written.
Writing tooke a while to get to used to and I personally can't say I loved it that much.
I think this dragged at some point. The ending was again more thrilling.
I love this book. I didn‘t know much coming into it besides it being a subject of debate regarding endorsements of immoral behavior. I think a lot of readers really lack a nuance necessary for getting what Nabokov intended from this book. It is not condoning H.H. but feels more like a cautionary tale, really making the reader question their own ethics as they read a terrible story from the perspective of a terrible person.
I did not like this book. I found myself skimming most of it. A middle aged predator, a 12 year old girl. No amount of fancy writing can make this palatable for me.
I have such mixed feelings about this book. The writing was lyrical. But between the French and the round about way of making a point, I often found myself a bit confused about what I‘d just read. Did I mention that the narrator was a pedophile and rapist? Had I read this 2 or 3 decades ago, I might have enjoyed it. However in 2022 any sympathetic portrayal of a pedophile just doesn‘t fly, no matter how eloquent the writing.
Read it to develop my own opinion among the controversy. That opinion is that while it‘s well written, and by no means do I see how people think HH is glorified or that Delores was ‘promiscuous‘(she was a CHILD wtf),it was very hard to get through and outright nauseating. Do I think I could understand it more with a second read? Sure. Will I read it again? No.
Hear me out, women in the right headspace should all read Lolita, and men maybe should read it at a removed distance. Perhaps as a true crime novel. It‘s revolting and beautiful. It‘s also worthwhile to mention that Véra Nabokov played a huge role in this book‘s writing. Reading this was revolting but revolutionary. I finally acknowledged the potential for male evil in writing, and saw how beauty could so easily pervert it. A necessary read.
#LMPBC Group V - what do you think of Lolita, One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest, or To Kill a Mockingbird for a pick? Have you read all of those? I also haven‘t read any Vonnegut and would happily take suggestions, or could take an overflow from the list posted by @TheAromaofBooks …
Reading Envy Podcast Episode 243: Russian Novel Speed Date *BONUS EPISODE*
It's been a while since I've done a speed dating bonus episode, and this one is all about Russian novels for the Reading Envy Russia novel quarter. I discuss books I tried, what I thought of them, and books I read previously.
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"Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece."
"Life is just one small piece of light between two eternal darknesses."
A fabulous and scandalous classic literary work of art I am glad I finally read.
Some publishers and reviewers described this novel as a ‘love‘ story. No. The villain protagonist objectifies and sexualizes girls that he deems ‘nymphets‘. He plans to drug and rape Delores on their first night alone. He is a monster and she is a victim. And yet, Nabokov masterfully takes in readers with dark humor, satire, brilliant word play and elegant, self-aware prose. From a literary standpoint it‘s an achievement.
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Such a controversial book. First, it was really difficult to read after a while. It just gets confusing and I felt a little lost here and there. Second, it‘s not offensive in that our HH exposes the harm he caused. Third, it starts of funny, like for 100 pages. Then it transforms, goes dark and difficult and becomes a fascinating and pretty amazing novel. I‘m actually not quite sure what he did. This wants a reread.
I made up a cocktail for your next Nabokov read called Lepido-Nabokov: 3oz of vodka, .5 Oz blackberry brandy and .75oz St Germain. 📚🍸 definitely helps the strange parts go down smoother and enjoy his lovely multilingual prose... but just sip slowly since it‘s definitely strong!
Finally, I‘ve started.
(and...do I see Petrarch? Just imagining that?)
The special class of satire to which “Lolita” belongs is small but select, and Mr. Nabokov has produced one of its finest examples. ♦(Donald Malcolm - The New Yorker)
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I've not read Lolita. Am planning to read My Dark Vanessa soon. Thought-provoking piece by the actress an screenwriter Emily Mortimer in today's NYT. Adapted from an essay from the forthcoming anthology Lolita in the After Life. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/02/books/review/lolita-obscenity-cancel-culture-...
This has been one that's been on my to-read list for many years because I love classics and this one is always high up on the best books of all time lists; I'm glad I finally read it. It's a very good piece of literature. 📚
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