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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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May 06, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: classics
Read in September, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Lolita is the story of Humbert Humbert trying to explain himself to a jury about a crime he committed. The crime he admits to is strangely not the crime you'd think he'd be awaiting sentence. Yes, of course, he was a dirty man--albeit a funny, witty, poetic one. The language in this story is beautiful (Nabakov is clearly in love with illiteration), and I laughed out loud at the absurdity of this person who realizes how ridiculous his impulses are, yet he can't help himself.

Although Humbert's thoughts and motives are unpure (as are a lot of his actions), I was surprised that Lolita was not the innocent little girl that one expects of a twelve-year-old. She wasn't a virgin and she came on to Humbert. And even more, she had an authority over him that she exercised to the fullest intent (increased allowances, material wants). Then she strung along other men--much to Humbert's dismay. All the while, deep down in Humbert's sick heart there does lie a love--in his opinion, the purest of loves--for Lolita. Yes, he still is a dirty old man but he's a dirty old man that the reader can't help but like.

Yes, this story is about what you think it's about; however, poor Humbert pays for it all. He's unhappy until his last day. He has these horrendous thoughts, but he was being sentenced to death in jail while he writes his account. I wouldn't recommend this book to most people (however, I will willingly admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it). The lack of one of the five stars is simply the subject matter.

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09/02/2009 page 100
09/04/2009 page 200
60.42% "I'm amazed at how funny I find Humbert to be. He really is a likeable character."

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message 1: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Oooh...

Jeana It's strange, but totally worth it for the writing alone.

message 3: by Rachel (new)

Rachel The library doesn't have Invitation to a Beheading. It's not easy to get his stuff! I have a feeling I would LOVE his writing, just don't think I can stomach this book. I'm excited to hear your review. :)

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