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Lolita
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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biankoala
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Pickpick

‘ it was love at first sight. at last sight. at ever and ever sight.‘ book i kind of hated and loved at the same time. maybe that was the intention ^ ^ 5/5

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Lenamarcela339
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Jaimelire
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Panpan

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.

Ruthiella Agree. This book made/makes me so angry. 3mo
Jaimelire @Ruthiella It‘s totally vile. 3mo
tpixie It was referred to in a book I just read. A bookshop owner stocked the book on someone‘s advice. She had no idea what the book was about. It was a weird book itself. I‘m not certain I could read Lolita either. Calling the 12 yo girl precocious- instead of abused! Pedophilia is not a subject that I can tolerate. 2mo
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olliveah
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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- and I looked and looked at her, and knew as clearly as I know I am to die, that I loved her more than anything I had ever seen or imagined in earth, or hoped for anywhere else.

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QBub
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
Mehso-so

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.

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Faith3
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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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.

marleed I listened to this way back when I first discovered I could check out audiobooks on cassette from the library. Willam Defoe read it. I was disgusted yet I somehow kept listening. I‘m still haunted by the experience. Even still, Defoe voicing Scar in the Lion King brings me back to that cringing cassette experience. 5mo
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harper.pixie
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
Pickpick

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.

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fredthemoose
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

#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

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I haven‘t read Lolita or any Vonnegut! Those would work for me! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm fine with Cuckoo's Nest or Vonnegut... I believe @Eggs has read a decent amount of Vonnegut over the last couple of years so she may have some suggestions for a good starter book (??) if that's the way we decide to go!! (Sherri, isn't that the author that your brother loved so you were reading some of his books? I can't remember for sure!!) 5mo
fredthemoose @britt_brooke you‘re also a Vonnegut fan if I remember correctly—any suggestions for a group of Vonnegut newbies? 5mo
britt_brooke @fredthemoose You can‘t go wrong with Slaughterhouse-Five! I think it‘s probably the best for easing into his style and humor. 💚 I love when friends know me for my Vonnegut love, so thank you. 💚 5mo
Eggs God bless you mr rosewater, and slaughterhouse 5 @TheAromaofBooks Yes you remembered correctly! 5mo
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ReadingEnvy
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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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.

Listen and subscribe:
https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy243

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SqueakyChu
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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I started reading this book for an online book club. Regardless of the subject matter, the writing did not hook me from the onset. I‘m bailing for now. Maybe I‘ll return to this book at a later date. Maybe not.

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guidosophia
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
Panpan

call it a classic, i don‘t care, i just think it‘s way too icky. sure maybe the writing style is nice but it‘s impossible to enjoy this book because of how sick it is

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yoavshai
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 161.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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IuliaC
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Pickpick

"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.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome quotes!! Stacked 📚 11mo
IuliaC @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This novel is a treasure of quotes 😊 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @IuliaC I love those! 11mo
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Liz_M It is an amazing book if one can get past the subject matter. Jeremy Irons narrated an audio book and that is a stunning piece of work! 11mo
IuliaC @Liz_M I totally agree! 👍 11mo
Graywacke Those quotes are terrific. Congrats on getting to it. (I read it for the first time last spring) 10mo
IuliaC @Graywacke 👍 I have no idea why I postponed reading it for so long 10mo
Graywacke @IuliaC yeah. I‘ve stacks of unread books (real and hypothetical stacks) that I have some thought for. 10mo
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GinaKButler
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Starting this today for my Catching Up On The Classics Challenge.
#bookspinbingo

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itsyvetperez
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Pickpick

" and the rest is rust and stardust."

-- 4⭐️

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Staci
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Pickpick

Every time I thought about how beautifully written some lines were, I was reminded that the main character was obsessed with a 14 year old child! 🤬

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rachelk
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Pickpick

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.

Ruthiella Totally agree! I hate, hate, hate most of the covers for this title too which usually have an objectified image of a girl on them. Delores is not Lolita. Lolita is a pretense that H.H. uses to excuse his repeated sexual abuse of a child. 14mo
rachelk @Ruthiella You are absolutely right. 14mo
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Ast_Arslan
Lolita | Nabokov Vladimir
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool photo!! 1y
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Michellesibs
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Mehso-so

I'm glad I've read this, it's a classic piece of Russian literature, ground breaking in its own time period and referred too a lot in modern media however I was expecting more. I think I'm a weird individual thats a bit upset that I wasn't comfortable enough reading this 🤣

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Ast_Arslan
Lolita | Nabokov Vladimir
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.

Day 36th

Join the fun if you want!

#tbrpile

AmyG Lolita is a favorite. So very good. 2y
Ast_Arslan @AmyG 😉👍🏻 I hope to like it too 2y
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GatheringBooks
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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TheSpineView
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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#MayCharacters @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
Prompt: Merciless

Humbert is a horrible person. He is a sexual predator and he has no remorse.

BoleyBooks It is easy to have a love/ hate relationship with this book. I figure if an author can illicit emotions from a reader whether it be good or bad...even disgust...then the job was executed well. On some level we all feel that if we can come to “understand” the minds and motivations of serial killers and perverts that perhaps through study we can learn to “fix” deviant behavior. 🤓 (edited) 2y
Eggs Great choice 🙌🏻 2y
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Eggs @BoleyBooks Well said👏🏻👏🏻 2y
BarbaraBB I love the book but this cover 😱 2y
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I have a real problem with almost every cover for this title as the usually provide a sexualized image of a child. Delores in the book is only a little girl. It is HH who sees her as “Lolita”. 2y
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I agree, the covers are mostly insinuating the wrong thing. 2y
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Graywacke
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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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.

BarbaraBB Great review and graphic. It‘s a book I want to reread too. 2y
Graywacke @BarbaraBB thanks. I would really like to reread with a group. Maybe there‘s interest. ?? 2y
SqueakyChu It depends when you do it...and if I can find my copy. 2y
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Graywacke @SqueakyChu oh, good to know. Happy to find a convenient time. I don‘t have any plan. 2y
BarbaraBB I‘d be interested!! 2y
eeclayton Depending on when it happens, I'd love to join in, too! 2y
Graywacke @BarbaraBB @eeclayton yay! Thinking about when. Let me know if you (including @SqueakyChu ) have a preference for when. June/July? Fall? Winter? 2y
SqueakyChu @Graywacke @BarbaraBB @eeclayton No preference. Just give me a heads up beforehand so I‘ll be able to squeeze it in. My reading had been so slow since the pandemic started, but it‘s picking up a bit now. Are you doing it here on Litsy or on LT? (edited) 2y
BarbaraBB I would prefer the fall since I am just about to start reading the shortlist of the Women‘s Prize and CampToB. If that‘s too far away for you please feel free to set an earlier date and I‘ll see if I can join! 2y
Graywacke @SqueakyChu @BarbaraBB fall is more to my own preference. I would like a little separation before I read it again. 2y
SqueakyChu @Graywacke @BarbaraBB @eeclayton Maybe by fall, I‘ll find my copy! 😂 2y
Graywacke @SqueakyChu that‘s the spirit! 😆 2y
eeclayton Fall sounds good to me, too ☺️ @Graywacke @BarbaraBB @SqueakyChu 2y
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Whalien99
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
Pickpick

4 stars

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LesleyAnne
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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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!

TheNeverendingTBR Welcome to Litsy! 🙋‍♂️ 2y
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Graywacke
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Finally, I‘ve started.

(and...do I see Petrarch? Just imagining that?)

SqueakyChu I have this book. One day I‘ll read it as well. :D 2y
Graywacke @SqueakyChu been prepping for it since jan 2020. 🙂 2y
SqueakyChu @Graywacke Heh! It seems I have TWO copies of this book in my house. One from 2020 and the other from 2014...along with hundreds of other books to be read. Oh, well. :) 2y
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Graywacke @SqueakyChu 🙂 part of you is clearly determined. If you‘re interested in a buddy read let me know. But also tag me when (if) you do so I won‘t miss it. 2y
SqueakyChu @Graywacke It for sure won‘t be any time soon. Too many things are higher on my list at this time. Eventually I‘ll get to it. 2y
BarbaraBB Such a fantastic book. I have two others on my wishlist thanks to you! 2y
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Lcsmcat
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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TheSpineView Love this quote! 💛 2y
AmyG Yes, that is a great quote. 2y
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rajithr
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Thanks @DarkMina 1. My daughter and I have a lot of conversations about the books we ❤️ 2. My daughter and my son 3. Nabokov‘s Lolita @Cinfhen @The_Heeler_Booklife @Lauram

Cinfhen Thanks for the tag 💗I recently read Lolita for the first time... it‘s good!! Disturbing but not yucky 🤢 2y
The_Heeler_Booklife Thanks for the tag! 2y
DarkMina @rajithr You‘re welcome! 2y
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Sha0102
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Pickpick

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)

#Lolita #VladimirNabokov #livro #book #bookaholic #booklovers #ler #leitura #leitora #reading #instabook #instaread #instabooks #bookstagram #litsy #booklover #readingabook #amreading #books #kindle #Sha2021

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maich
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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CBee Maja, I just got your Christmas letter/card last week! 😂 I‘ve mailed one back to you, here‘s hoping it‘ll get there before July! ♥️😁 @maich (edited) 2y
maich @CBee 😂😂 Maybe I'll receive it before Summer vacation😂 2y
CBee @maich I hope so!! 😁 2y
maich @CBee 😂😂 2y
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SamAnne
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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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-...

marleed Oh that‘s interesting. In the early 90‘s I discovered books recorded on cassette tape at my library. Jeremy Irons recorded Lolita and I listened on my 30 minute commute to and from work. I still remember pulling over in a parking lot and rolling down my window thinking I might get sick from the telling of this book. ... Soon after, his voice of Scar was a near-constant on video tape. I still see that dastardly lion and think Lolita! 2y
SamAnne @marleed Great actor, but Jeremy Irons is so creepy. Contemplating reading the book but.... 2y
Jeg A couple of years ago I picked Lolita for our bookclub as I hadn‘t read it. Interesting. I‘ve just finished a book The Real Lolita which gives an interesting insight into the fictional Lolita. 2y
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Anna40 Thanks for sharing! Did you watch the film adaptation (i.e. your photo in this post) - forgot the name of the film 2y
SamAnne @Anna40. I‘ve not watched The Bookshop! I like Emily Mortimer and think I will watch it. Have you watched it? (edited) 2y
Anna40 No, but want to see it too. It's available on Kanooy through my library :) 2y
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ctelford
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
Panpan

⭐️⭐️ - don‘t think I‘ll be recommending this to people if I‘m honest (sorry @JoeAllen22 !) Overall the writing style was difficult to get behind, most likely due to the time it was written, and the story wasn‘t quite my cup of tea, for quite obvious reasons.

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TheNeverendingTBR
Lolita | Nabokov Vladimir
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Pickpick

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. 📚

Full review ⤵️
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3857920451

GinaKButler This is on my list this year, too! I‘m going to have to read it sooner rather than later! 2y
intothehallofbooks I‘ve always wondered about this one! I know I‘ll pick it up at some point. 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @GinaKButler @intothehallofbooks definitely worth a read, it's not in the best books of all time lists for nothing. 👍 2y
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Samary
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Mehso-so

A friend asked if this was a good book. I can say it did it‘s job, made me feel the feelings it intended and I appreciate it, but I‘m not sure “good” is a way to characterize it. Well written, interesting wit. It‘s written in a formal document manner and it‘s not my favorite way to consume a book. Just personal preference!

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GinaKButler
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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I‘m working on my 2021 reading challenges and saw this “Deal Me In” idea in a FB Group. You assign a book you‘ve been meaning to read to each card in a deck and then randomly pull however many you‘d like to tackle. I‘m adding these 4 to 8 more prompts to create my own Catching Up On The Classics Challenge. Looking forward to a great reading year! 📚

Charityann Cool idea!😊 2y
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Aleksandra_G
Lolita | Vladimir V. Nabokov
Mehso-so

I liked the style of writing and first half of the story, but second half was slower and, in my opinion, little bit boring. I don't regret reading it, I just wish it was as intresting as first half the whole time reading it.

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Deblovestoread
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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#3books #booksihaventread. Probably won‘t read Lolita but will read the other two.

BookBelle84 I have to say I loved Lolita. The audiobook read by Jeremy Irons is so good. 2y
AvidReader25 @BookBelle84 It really was excellent on audio! 2y
OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
Deblovestoread @BookBelle84 @abidreader25. You convinced me...I will definitely check it out on audio. Thanks! 😀 2y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Pickpick

What can ya say? The content was vile. The prose was stunning. And Jeremy Irons narration was delicious.

LeahBergen It‘s foul and yet compelled, isn‘t it? 2y
LaraS Hah! This is the most accurate review I‘ve read all week. 😆 💯 2y
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dopaminted
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

The professor, with a middle-aged body, erudite brain, hopelessly juvenile thinkings, ceaseless seek of pre-pubescent hedonism, whom you might have seen over the polished( I hope) railing of your tiny balcony, on the stone of bench sitting, with a book in both palms, and mind around the "nymphets", is the striking protagonist; who bewizards the honey-limbed Lolita.

An art: the novel Lolita

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OriginalCyn620
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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#IfYouLikeThis #AmericanBeauty

Purely from the standpoint of a middle-aged man lusting after jail bait. 😕

Klou 👍📚😊 2y
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Cosmos_Moon
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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7/7 - sundae

Getting ahead of this one today 😜
#QuotsyJuly20
@TK-421

rajithr You would like to check out My Dark Vanessa, a modern day retelling of Lolita 👍 One of my best reads this year 🤩 2y
Cosmos_Moon @rajithr Lolita really creeped me out. I think it is good, but Humbert Humbert is such a weirdo and made me feel yucky. I don‘t know if I could read another book like Lolita 😳😬 2y
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KarenUK
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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#junewrapup

A so-so month. Didn‘t read as much as I‘d hoped.
Easy favorite was Lolita, I thought it was brilliant!
The rest were mostly just fine, nothing rocking my world 🤷‍♀️

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KarenUK
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Pickpick

Loved this classic! Jeremy Irons is perfect on audio!Humbert Humbert is the epitome of unreliable narrators. He attempts to charm us with his wit and eloquence, addressing us often as ‘dear reader‘, willing us to be complicit in his awful deeds, yet it‘s actually Nabokov who woos us with his words. It‘s an uncomfortable and sometimes horrific ride in the mind of a predator, but made disconcertingly enjoyable in the skilled hands of this genius.

Tanisha_A Fab review! I thought it a fantastic read 2y
ramblingsofareader brilliant review! I have been meaning to revisit this after DNF‘ing, think I was too young. For something more lighthearted by Nabokov I recommend 2y
KarenUK @Tanisha_A @ramblingsofareader Thank you! 😊👍💕 2y
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ruchigandhi22
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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I think this is such a beautiful description of Humbert's situation when he is with Lolita

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ruchigandhi22
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Half way through the book and it's the most disturbing but beautiful book I have ever read ❤️

BarbaraBB I fully agree! 2y
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2y
ruchigandhi22 Thank you so much @Nute ! Likewise 😊 2y
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AmyG
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Lolita
Harper LEE
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Led Zeppelin
Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space - Spiritualized

#Manic!onday #LetterL @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🖤☺️ 2y
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azerbinatti
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
Pickpick

Weird, but an awesome reading.

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princesspeanutsmommy
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Current audiobook--Jeremy Irons narrating
Such amazing prose, such a disgusting character

SamAnne Oh my word. And that actor can do creepy like nobody‘s business. 2y
marleed I listened to this as one of my very first audiobook experiences. I must say, Scar from LionKing has always had an added layer of keep for this reading experience. 2y
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Shaleen
Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Lolita is a difficult read but it‘s totally worth th effort. The narration is so powerful that it makes the reader sympathise with Humbert‘s cause even though it is as disturbing as it gets. Since I was not aware how the book ends I found the twists in the second part of the book to be interesting. Also it would‘ve been fascinating to read the story from Lolita‘s perspective as she‘s no ordinary prepubescent girl and has a rather complicated mind.

Powered_By_Plants Great review 💖 , Iv heard so many mixed reviews about this one , looking forward to reading it this month 2y
Shaleen @Powered_By_Plants Thank you☺️I hope you enjoy it. 2y
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