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3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  320 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Vintage
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Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
I’m not going to recap or summarize this book. By now we know what “Lolita” is about, don’t we? As a matter of fact, the majority of people (IMO) seem to be really disgusted by the dark subject matter. I wonder why so many people insist on torturing themselves and reading this book at all? Why be disgusted by reading this? But read it they still do, so many years after it has been published.

My teenage self was very disappointed when I read this and did not find anything sexual—and that was what
Jan 11, 2012 Sean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 20th-century, russian
Lo-Leeeee-Taaahhhh! Now here we have one of the most controversial books in all of literature. This novel is Russian author Vladimir Nakabov’s most famous work and it deals with a very serious subject matter, pedophilia. Some readers claim that the story’s narrator, a middle aged European expat named Humbert, is a sorry victim of his own impure thoughts, and others take a less sympathetic approach claiming that this person is a deplorable lunatic who deserves every act of punishment that he is o ...more
Christina White
Jul 17, 2011 Christina White rated it did not like it
I made it to page 30. Beautiful writing. Disgusting topic. I can't read it. As a child I was abused and this book makes me feel 9 years old again. I am completely disgusted. I can't believe so many people have rated this book highly. I can see that the author has some skill, but I can't get over the subject... I am so upset by it. Who would want to read this? Who wants to read about a man getting turned on by little girls? Who wants to read the detailed descriptions he puts in about their growin ...more
Apr 23, 2016 AC rated it liked it
I'm going to be the oddball here and say that I think this book is overrated. Nabakov, undoubtedly a genius, and capable of great writing (Pnim), is also arrogant and self-absorbed. H.H. is more a moral (and sexual) onanist than a true psychopath (as everyone, Nabakov included, seems to think --). Plus I was mostly bored. Bend Sinister is much more original, even in its prose, and Pnim much more human and tender. I guess Nabakov's not fully my cup of tea.
Nov 13, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, classics
Where was I when I read this in college? I remember thinking the language was beautiful, and being shocked to realize I had to have the sex scene pointed out to me in class. This time it was so glaringly obvious, and oh my god! Did I change? Am I a better or more observant reader now? All I can say is that this time I was horrified at the crimes described in this novel.
Jun 18, 2013 Helmut rated it really liked it
Der Zauber der Nymphe
Im Sommer 2013 flanierten wir durch eine Filiale einer großen Bekleidungskette, und auf dem Weg durch die Kinderabteilung wurden wir mit Bildern von leichtbekleideten, aufreizend posierenden und schelmisch in die Kamera lächelnden Mädchen unter 12 Jahren in exotischer Umgebung bombardiert. Im Fernsehen sieht man die mädchenhaften Models, die bereits mit 15 oder 16 Jahren ihre Karriere als Lust- und Verkaufsobjekt beginnen, eine Karriere, die dann mit 20 oft endet, "weil zu a
May 26, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
I feel sick and yet wowed at the same time. Well done Nabokov, you've played me. I've felt disgust for Humbert, illness at his games with Lolita, revulsion at his thoughts, and shock at his last attempts on her. And yet, I can't hate the book, it's impossible. I can only love it. The writing, my God, the writing is beautiful. It's just like Spanish writing properly done, so flowery, so full, so long... and it's wonderful to read English sounding like that for the first time in a long while. All ...more
Meriam Kharbat
Nov 11, 2012 Meriam Kharbat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: d, favorites, russian
This book is truly worthy of every single one of those stars you see above. It is not an ordinary book, certainly not. It is a book that moves you inside, makes you disgusted and sick right down to your soul and at the same time fascinated and confused by your own contradicted feelings.

Nabokov had a challenging task at his hands, and that is to make us identify with a monster, and thus questioning our sense of morals. For this task he chose the most complicated character one could come up with:
Paras Allana
Jul 15, 2011 Paras Allana rated it really liked it
I have been thinking how to rate this particular book. I loved the writing, like many others. I wasnt disgusted by the plot though I was annoyed at times. I was in love with Jeremy Irons voice [I was listening to it while reading it]. I am amazed how craftily he has shown renderings of H.H.'s mind and yet I am not thoroughly moved by it like many other readers.

In the end, do I have sympathy for Lolita? Yes, sometimes, not always. And for Humbert? well yes, even when its obvious that he is a soci
Zita Mary
Nov 06, 2012 Zita Mary rated it really liked it
"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta"

Well, probably, as you all know by now, Lolita has this disturbing theme. It's all about pedophilia. Wherein forty-ish Humbert Humbert fell in love with 12-year-old Dolores Haze aka Lolita. It was due to H.H's interrupted childhood love with Annabel Leigh which might have traumatized him.

As I was reading the book,
Moon Rose
Apr 24, 2011 Moon Rose rated it liked it
"Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns."


Unmasking a man by mere physiognomy does not bring one closer to his true definition. There are simply so much more that are intentionally kept from view. What we see is a mere facade---a veiled version of oneself, the true self deeply covered, inconspicuous to the naked eye. For life has somehow
Portia S
Feb 10, 2012 Portia S rated it it was ok
Suffice to say, I did not enjoy this book. One thing I have to agree always with Murakami is when he said in Norwegian Wood, *If you read what everyone else is reading, you're going to think like everyone else* Paraphrasing, but yes. I read this because it's on a BBC list of "100 Must Read", etc etc, and none of these included any works by Somerset Maugham I MUST add.

The saving grace of this books was it's prose, so beautifully written, however, like the lauded Wilde, this writer would go off on
Dec 16, 2011 Alexandra rated it really liked it
Ugh. This book is hard to review for a couple reasons. The book's main character, Humbert Humbert, likes young girls, which he calls nymphets. A middle aged man with a 12 year old girl? That was hard to read about. Humbert is writing this book about his life. The way the story is written almost makes the reader forget at times this horrible crime (at least it is in some countries) he is committing. The story was extremely well-written. I would have rated this book 5 stars just because of the wri ...more
Ádám Büte
Jan 18, 2016 Ádám Büte rated it liked it
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Jan 17, 2013 Juliana rated it it was amazing
So beautifully written and equally disturbing. I couldn't put it down and still can't stop thinking about the characters. I'd give my right arm to write a novel this good.
Regina Hunter
Jul 13, 2011 Regina Hunter rated it really liked it
I feel like a perv now.
Ryan Fletcher
Sep 01, 2010 Ryan Fletcher rated it really liked it
Imagine my surprise, a Deseret News reference in Lolita...crazy Russian.
Brooke Judson
not nice to read but i feel accomplished finishing it
Basmah Shalaby
Feb 06, 2014 Basmah Shalaby rated it did not like it
7 months! I've finished like 3 novels while reading this so called classic..
Lolita is a book I've always wanted to read, simply because it's on pretty much any list of banned books. I had no idea what the plot was, apart from the fact that there is some sort of sexual relationship between an adult man and a prepubescent girl (Lolita), which is what gets it banned. Although I'm beginning more cautious about assuming that a book must be interesting if it's been banned, especially for this long; The Catcher in the Rye was one of the worst, most boring, and pointless things ...more
Phoebe Andamo
Humbert Humbert is man who obsesses on young girls because he is still caught by the ghost of his past; his first love Annabel died as a young girl. He fell in love with Lolita, a nymphet, and produces all the means to get her.

“Publisher X, whose advisers got so bored with Humbert that they never got beyond page 188, had the naïveté to write me that Part Two was too long. Publisher Y, on the other hand, regretted there were no good people in the book. Publisher Z said if he printed Lolita, he an
After some reflection, I know for sure that Lolita is more than just a story about a man who takes advantage of a twelve year old. It's a true look into the mind of someone who cannot understand human love and compassion with a sick twisted view of young girls. Because we get the whole story from Humbert, we see his progression from a man who creates fantasies internally to a man possessed by making these fantasies reality. It is disturbing but it is also a true lesson in how this type of person ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it
I'm having trouble with the whole "how many stars" question. Here's the thing, I came into this novel knowing that it was a difficult subject. However,for some reason, the ages were not what I had the impression they would be. This made it much more difficult than I expected it to be. Perhaps my main issue is the maternal instinct that kept screaming for action in my head.

So, other than the delicate subject matter, Nabokov is a literary genius. This book is so well written that it was a refreshi
Jun 20, 2012 Chuck rated it it was amazing
The greatest value of this book is how much it makes you address it's message and it is full of conflicting messages. The book is written in the first person narrated by the protagonist and through the authors eloquent use of the English language trys to make a case for sympathy by intimating that his murders, incest, and sexual behaviors were a helpless result. The man is a beast, a deviate, a pervert, a hedonist and another fifty vile adjectives would be appropriate. The story is, however, tol ...more
This book is capital A Art. This does not appeal to some people, but it certainly does me, and I found Lolita wonderful. This book is a classic, and I understand why now.

As someone who now frequently works with middle-school age children, I was thoroughly disgust with Humbert. With his greed and his unrelenting narcissism. Humbert lacks compassion for anyone else, and I think the single sentence, in which he so casually dismisses and disparages a barber who has never stopped mourning his son, wi
Nov 25, 2009 Kiwie rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Lolita was an interesting read, narrated by an imprisoned, unstable, Humbert Humbert who tells the story of his life and that of Dolores Haze. The novel took me forever to get through and I'm not as attentive for detail as it deserves, it made me chuckle a few times, it grossed me out sometimes and I found the narration to be the most interesting part. I don't know what to say other than that. It was a bit tedious in part, especially around the middle, when H.H is telling the story of himself at ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Mpho rated it really liked it
Well, that was eventful.

I air on the side of--it was an exquisite read and despite the mixed emotions I am "supposed" to be feeling I thoroughly enjoyed it.

First off, the subject of sexuality and intimacy in general is not tough for me. Humbert's tenderness towards Lolita was easy to pick up on and even sweet. Really happy I saw the movie first, otherwise it would be a more tiresome read.

The way Nabokov writes is very verbose and the package is bulging with adjectives,
Aug 21, 2011 Connie rated it it was amazing
I'm lost of what to say - everything I could say seems falling short of the book. I could say it's dazzling, but that would be ignoring how revolting it is. Or vice versa. I could say it's a masterpiece, but that would be neglecting the vulgarity of the subject. I could say it's a cunning parabel on old-world-views in a new world, about obsession and guilt, yet that leaves aside the reality it conveys. I could say it is humorous, lascivious, learned book, yet that would cast off, how shocking an ...more
May 01, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
Well, I know I was supposed to love this book. I mean, it's a classic with many many 4 and 5 star ratings. However, while I didn't hate it, I just didn't find it very interesting at all. I'm not sure how I managed to find such a contriversial topic so boring...zzzzzz. I could have done without the whole section where they are on the road and where she is at school. Snoozefest! I found the parts before and after that to be somewhat interesting, which is the only reason that I didn't actively disl ...more
Paul Groinus
Aug 30, 2010 Paul Groinus rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: French linguists, english professors, readers who like controversial books
Shelves: classics
The flowery, descriptive prose made this book a hard read for me. Snippets of French, references to alien literary works, and subtleties that I don't think I picked up on half the time added to my difficulty.

I can understand the main character's passion though, as I can vividly recall the tide of emotions that raked my soul during my own adolescent loves. A different time (in which everyone died young), a different culture and mood, who knows what may have been in centuries past? Another time (w
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Russian: Владимир Владимирович Набоков .

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian-American novelist. Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian, then rose to international prominence as a master English prose stylist. He also made significant contributions to lepidoptery and had an interest in chess problems.

Nabokov's Lolita (1955) is frequently
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