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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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Aug 10, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: novels, favorites, permanently-in-my-brain, shannon, the-handful, 1001-because-why-not, classics
Recommended for: anyone
Read from August 05 to 10, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Nabokov said, “I am neither a reader nor a writer of didactic fiction, and, despite John Ray’s assertion, Lolita has no moral in tow. For me a work of fiction exists only insofar as it affords me what I shall bluntly call aesthetic bliss, that is a sense of being somehow, somewhere, connected with other states of being where art (curiosity, tenderness, kindness, ecstasy) is the norm. There are not many such books.” No wonder I like him so much.

H.H. is one of the most extraordinarily alive characters in literature, existing apart from the book that contains him, living, like Hamlet, off the stage. An awkward, dandified, diseased, thoroughly and hopelessly loathsome but perplexingly charming man staring at you from the dark corner of the room; a whiff of rotten sweetness, expensive cologne, and the despair and blandness of evil. He’s unforgettable and eternal and so is the book.
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Vladimir Nabokov
“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

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Shannon Great review! I'm going to be reading this very soon for the first time. I can't wait!

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