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The Annotated Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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Dec 07, 14

bookshelves: cult-books, divine-comedy-booklovers, 2013, 1001-books, american, decade-1950s, russia, central-eastern-europe
Read from October 06 to 10, 2013

The novel itself was superb, and is even better in remembering it nearly four months later - whilst reading, it was almost too intense and too rich. However I thought Alfred Appel's annotated edition very overrated, with its embarrassing and unscholarly fawning over Nabokov in the intro, dull and pointless level of detail in some notes (better reserved for a separate critical work), contrasting lack of notes and discussion on points that could have done with it, and inability to acknowledge where allusion etc may still be relevant in the eye of the reader even if Nabokov didn't consciously work something in. Give me a standard Penguin or Oxford annotated version any day over this sort of thing.

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