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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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Apr 29, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: 1001-books, alltimefaves, 20th-century, fiction, midwest, california, western-us, favorites
Read in January, 2003

I've rarely been simultanously completely creeped out and astounded by a book. Almost everyone knows the incredibly offensive plotline of this book, but even while you're squirming with disgust, you can't help but be swept away by that stunning wordsmithing.

And that roadtrip across America just puts Kerouac to shame. In my opinion, this is the "great American novel." I've yet to come by a greater one, or one that captures the American spirit more clearly - a riveting mix of contempt and compassion.

I've noticed that many of my favorite writers in the English language did not grow up primarily speaking the language. Joseph Conrad. V.S. Naipaul. Vladimir Nabokov. There's a sharpness and freshness to their prose. Maybe it's the linguist in them.
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