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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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May 11, 11

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Wow wow wow! Every word is dripping with sensuality, every sentence sweeps at your ears and whispers its terrible sick song. The writing is so superbly twisted and evocatively wicked without being trite. It is just as pornographic, just as wrong, just as honest to god terrible, as the bulk of erotica in subject matter but no one could read this and discard it as trash, no one could mistake this for poor taste. I have never read anything quite like it. The story is disturbing, it makes you want to lock your children away from all the sickos of the world and keep them safe (even like in my case when you have no children of your own). It makes you realize how very many chance circumstances keep people from harm, what a toppling edge of sanity we all live on, and yet the complexity makes it engaging. The psychosis makes you ravage the book. I would have never thought that I could have enjoyed a book like this one, and frankly for subject matter I would not have, it made my heart retch, but the writing is an absolutely flawless performance of pure madness and no one could deny that is the truth, despite the terrible things this book contains, from a literary standpoint its a five.
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