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Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN 0141182539; ISBN13: 9780141182537

Humbert Humbert - scholar, aesthete and romantic - has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady's gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo
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Paperback, New Edition, Penguin Modern Classics, 331 pages
Published 1995 by Penguin (first published 1955)
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
Between the Covers

Having just re-read "Lolita", I asked my local bookseller if she had ever read it.
She replied firmly, “No…and I’m not going to either. He’s a paedophile.”
A bit taken aback, I enquired further, “Who? The author or the character?”
Fortunately, she replied, “The character.”
For me, this exchange showed how much “Lolita” can still sharply divide opinion, even within lovers of fiction.
This wasn’t the conversation I had been hoping for.
I had read “Lolita” in a couple of days, less time
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Emily May
Dec 05, 2010 Emily May rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, favourites
Now, this is going to be embarrassing to admit.

As we all should know, reading and enjoying a book is largely about interpretation. People are not the same and we all view things differently, one individual might see a relationship in a book as "passionate" while another could see it as "damaging". When characters make bad decisions, some will view it as stupidity and others will view it as an accurate representation of humanity's imperfections. Not only that, but time often changes the way one p
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Tatiana
Jun 06, 2009 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who will not fall for Humbert's lies
I wasn't even going to write a review of Lolita after finishing it, because, honestly, how many reviews does this classic need? That is, until I started pocking around and reading what others have to say about it. Many reactions to this book are puzzling to me. In this world of Jerry Sanduskys and such, there are still people who find this "erotic," who in the end feel compassionate towards the narrator, who think that Lolita was the one who seduced and manipulated poor Humbert? Well, I beg to d ...more
Stepheny
Once, a long time ago I was an 11 year old girl. I did not always appear my age, nor act it. I was long and lean and blonde and full of the confidence that only a young child can exude.



Me, circa 1998. A ripe 11 years old thinking I was to be America’s Next Top Model. Ha!

It was around this time that my body began raging with hormones and ideas about boys and love. I was introduced to sex at a young age. My sister being 4 years my elder thought she should show me the ways of the world. And boy di
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Rolls
Mar 06, 2007 Rolls rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pervs
An old friend used to say that "Ulysses" was a good book to read but not a good book to "read". After reading "Lolita" I understand what he meant.

Nabokov was a man obsessed with word games and this book is crammed cover to cover with many brilliant examples. Language delighted the man and that certainly comes across. What makes this acheivement even more amazing was that English was his third or fourth language. It is mind blowing that he or anyone could write so fluidly in a "foreign" tongue. I
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Jason
Aug 01, 2010 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Nymph. Nymphet. Nymphetiquette. Nymphology. Nymphism. I will never think of 12 year old girls the same way. There’s a stain on my brain. The power of this book is that it’s creepy and taboo, but the pedophilia and incest is so damn plausible. There’s a criminal, upsetting proclivity of the subject matter, but the whole thing is oiled with reason--SAY IT AINT SO. It’s deviant, queer, puerile, and yet ever so human, darkly human, perverted in the corner.

Lolita lingers in my mind, like an accidenta
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David
Aug 10, 2007 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5q
LUST AND LEPIDOPTERY
(Legend of a Licentious Logophile)

1. Libidinous linguist lusts after landlady's lass.
2. Lecherous lodger weds lovelorn landlady.
3. Landlady loses life.
4. Lascivious lewd looks after little Lolita.
5. Lubricious Lolita loves licking lollipops lambitively.
6. Licentious lecturer loves Lolita louchely.
7. Lechery lands lusty lamister in legal limbo.
8. Lachrymose libertine languishes in lockup.
Lyn
Dec 08, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it
I once represented a man who had been accused of statutory rape and sexual exploitation of a minor. I did it because it is my job and I fundamentally believe that everyone, no matter how heinous the crime alleged, deserves a fair trial.

That said, it was the single most unpleasant experience of my legal career and high in the running for most unpleasant all time.

In popular culture we are inundated with scenes of crime and violence, we live in a morally relative landscape where “to each his own” i
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Namrirru
Jul 12, 2007 Namrirru rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian, e
Nabokov often writes his novels in the perspective of detestable villains. You never like them, you're never supposed to like them, and Nabokov doesn't like them either. He slaps them around and humiliates them. And in the end, they pay the price for their sins. Readers never seem to realize this. They become immersed in the psychology of the book and feel defiled by it all. Instead, they should sit back and watch the bastards suffer. The stories are written in their own view so that makes the p ...more
Chris
Apr 01, 2008 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any literate fans of Casey Parker
*Ranked as one of the Top 100 Fiction of the 20th Century*
I’m not quite sure how to put this in words. Hell, I’m not sure what I intend to say, so this is going to be ugly. If you want to sit in on this exercise be my guest, you’ve probably got more important things to do, such as organizing your cassette tapes and LPs before shoving them in a box destined for the attic, believe me, your time will be better spent, especially when you take that stroll down memory lane and consider how killer it w
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Paul Bryant
Sep 25, 2007 Paul Bryant rated it it was amazing
Other formerly shocking novels of previous centuries have lost their power, batteries quite flat (Madame Bovary, Ulysses, Lady Chatterly’s Lover) – we love them still but we wince no more, we may be quite amused at the idea that this word or that idea was not allowed in polite society – we may, indeed, be vastly amused at the very idea of polite society because society is just not very polite at all these days. But uniquely, Lolita, this great and appalling novel, only gets more shocking and mor ...more
s.penkevich
Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece.

Opening a book is a unique conversation with another, the chance to enter and occupy the headspace of a writer, a character, a voice screaming out into the void. We see life—our own world or fantastic realities that function as elaborate metaphors for our own—through another’s eyes, walk a mile in another’s skin as Atticus Finch would say, and learn that despite the differences between individuals, we are all part o
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Huda Yahya
Apr 24, 2014 Huda Yahya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels_novellas, shit
يوميات متحرش بالأطفال


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س: عرف العمل الأدبي الكلاسيكي

ج هو عمل غالبًا لا تستطيع أن تفهم سبب شهرته وخلوده
مهما حاولت التمحيص والتفحيص
فلا شيء سوى لسان طويل طويل يخرج لك
مستهزءا باليوم اللي - اتهبلت فيه ف عقلك وقلت ياروايات

وقد يصاحب ذلك محاولات متكررة في شد شعرك مستميتا في المحاولة
لما هذا السفه قد يعتبر عملَا أدبيا خالدا؟؟

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الرواية تبرز إمكانات ناباكوف الضعيفة والمثيرة للشفقة
-مع مراعاة الزمن الذي كتبت فيه الرواية
فذلك السرد وتلك اللغة لا يتركان مجالا للشك

وكأن هذا الرجل قد أق
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Michael Finocchiaro
Astoundingly beautiful prose, a self-aware psychotic narrator who is both unapologetic and yet disgusted by his crime...so many themes in this book, so much symmetry (342).

Humbert Humbert knows he is both brilliant and insanely obsessed with pre-pubescent girls. He tortures his psychiatrists "cunningly leading them on; never letting them see [he] knew every trick of the trade" (P. 34). He becomes a lodger with Ms. Haze, a widow, and sees his nymphet in her yard, "a blue sea-wave swelled under [
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Garima
Oct 03, 2012 Garima rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who LOVE to read
The word/name Lolita always had a negative connotation for me. I became familiar with it at a relatively young age, when a famous villain in Bollywood used to say this name in a movie whenever he used to get horny on seeing a damsel (Aauu...Lalita *Lolita as I used to thought*), my Indian friends should know. And then I had an aunt I was not much fond of, whose name was Lalita and I used to call her Lolita. *unlovingly*

When I was in 6th or 7th standard, we had a Physical Education teacher (Pun f
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Manny
Warning: contains spoilers for The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, L'âge de raison and this book

I remember seeing an interview with Nabokov, where he was asked what long-term effect he thought Lolita had had. I suppose the interviewer was looking for some comment on the liberalization of censorship laws, or something like that. Nabokov didn't want to play - as you can see in Look at the Harlequins, he was pretty tired of these questions. So he said well, as far as he could make out, there had only been
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Mary Ellen
Jul 31, 2007 Mary Ellen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I recently got into an argument with a friend about Lolita. I contend that it's one of the most beautiful books ever written, and that it's twice as amazing because Nabakov wrote it in English (which is his second or third language).

She contended that it was about a child molestor and was inexcusable.

I argued that it was more about chronicling a slightly off-kilter man's descent into wretched madness and total loathsomeness. A portrait of a child molestor, not necessarily a sanctioning of one.

S
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Traveller
LOLITA


This review contains SPOILERS, but if you've been living on this planet, you probably knew about them already...

Daddy, are we there yet? Are we there YET? Daddy, how much longer still? I want to go home!
Hush little one, now
Say your prayers
Don't forget my little nymph
To include everyone
I tuck you in
Warm within
Keep you free from sin
'Til the sandman he comes

Sleep with one eye open
Gripping your pillow tight

Exit light
Enter night
Take my hand
We're off to never never-land

Something's
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Helen Stavraki
Jul 24, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best
Αυτό το επί πολλά χρόνια απαγορευμένο βιβλίο αξίζει άπειρα αστέρια στη βαθμίδα αξιολόγησης της λογοτεχνίας.
Εύλογα έλαβε διαστάσεις μύθου, αφού ο Ναμπόκοφ ως πανεπιστημιακός δάσκαλος αξιοθαύμαστα παραστατικός,μαγνητίζει το κοινό του και το "παίζει" σε ένα παιχνίδι "στημένο" πάνω σε μια διάφανη σκακιέρα.

Η Λολίτα είναι ένα μεγάλο-μεταφορικά και ουσιαστικά- διττό μυθιστόρημα. Απο τη μια,εμπλέκει και φορτίζει τον αναγνώστη πολύ έντονα,βαθιά και συγκινησιακά σε μια τραγική ιστορία,υπερβατική, που κα
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Frankie
Mar 12, 2012 Frankie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, usa
I had wanted to read this book for years.
It took me longer than expected but I was trying to take it all in and it was heavy going. I had to re-read certain parts too.
Beautiful yet disturbing.
I've never read anything like it.
Eli
Jun 30, 2007 Eli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
This book scared the living daylights out of me.

As everyone says - its gorgeously written. The language is so rich that it somehow spills over the sentences - there's more to them than you can easily ingest. The writing makes the whole thing a pleasure to read, and in a lot of ways puts Nabakov in control from the start - there isn't a lot of room to imagine motives since Nabakov explains so much. I should point out that were a lesser writer spend any time at all writing in a language I can't r
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Melissa
Sep 16, 2008 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like a mental midget in trying to explain my feelings about this book. I struggle to understand why it is considered such a classic piece of literature. Am I jaded by my own time? Have I heard too often the world "lolita" used in modern contexts to refer to young girls who are attractive to adult men who should know better? I had to delve into some literary criticism in order to help me understand, and I think what Lolita tries to do is tell a disguting story about a disgusting man using ...more
Councillor
Back when it was published in 1955, the story of Lolita convulsed its readers and revealed a completely new portray of a paedophile's life. The character of Humbert Humbert has become a well-known and much-interpreted part of 20th century literature, and ever since its publication, Nabokov's novel has been banned for certain periods of time in France, England, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa due to its difficult contents. Focusing on the life of highly intelligent and incalculable Humber ...more
Henry Avila
Aug 03, 2013 Henry Avila rated it really liked it
When Humbert Humbert, ( his parents had little imagination) was thirteen he fell in love with Annabel, a girl of the same age. Living in a posh hotel on the French Riviera owned by his widowed father, during the 1920's, idyllic but life is not. After some smooching not enough for the boy, she moves away with her family and soon expires on a Greek isle, trouble is Humbert never forgets or recovers from this. The clock ticks forward yet still remembering the dreams, nightmares in fact, continue, e ...more
Franco  Santos
May 03, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ay, Humbert Humbert, qué raro me hace sentir. Qué desagrado me causó leer sus más profundos pensamientos y sus aún más execrables acciones. Qué incómodo estuve al contemplar su obsceno y quimérico deseo hecho realidad.

Ay, Humbert Humbert, en qué disyuntiva me ha dejado. Porque, si tanto asco me dio, ¿qué es lo que siento en el pecho? ¿Dolor? ¿Rechazo? ¿Pena? ¿Felicidad? ¿Enfado? ¿Simpatía?

Ay, Humbert Humbert, qué extraño era usted, con ese amor tan vehemente, ese paroxismo fluyente en cada rinc
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Delee
4.5

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee.

Edgar Allan Poe


*******

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta. The tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. Bu
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Joe Valdez
Dec 25, 2016 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
The closest I've come to a literary hangover is Lolita, the literary and cultural phenomenon by Vladimir Nabokov published in 1955 (in France) and in 1958 (in the U.S.). I finished knocking back the intoxicating novel on Christmas Eve, before midnight, the clamor of a party next door rattling my rafters. I hope that those party-goers are nursing nausea today, but I can relate to how they might feel. Lolita is a novel whose kaleidoscopic language and black wit are so mesmerizing they merit aposta ...more
Fionnuala
This is the fourth Nabokov work I've read in as many weeks, and what I’d really like to do now is have some fun comparing the narrators, the literary references, the mirror effects, the word games, and so fifth - and avoid entirely commenting on the issue of underage sex slaves.

But I can't do that. Not when the core of the book concerns the main character's obsession with girl children of around twelve years of age. Nor when he is so particular in his categorising of those girl children that he
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K.D. Absolutely
Jul 05, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-core, favorites
Nabokov himself said that this novel was his best. I still have to read the others but I agree when critics say that this is one of the best English novels ever. For me, the reason is the irony of having a very sick theme - pedophilia - but told brilliantly that you would fall in love with the book and you don't readily really know why.

From the famous opening statement: "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta:..." up to his closing statements "I am thinking of au
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Brad
Lolita isn't about murder. Lolita isn't about obsession. Lolita isn't about madness. Lolita isn't even about pedophilia or abuse.

Sure those elements are there, but there's skin on the outside of my body, and I can tell you that my largest organ is not what I am about. The same is true for Lolita.

Lolita is a game. It's a chess match by a Russian master. It's an intellectual exercise by a genius. It's an experiment in reader manipulation that's hypothesis is born out. It's references upon refere
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Russian: Владимир Владимирович Набоков .

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian-American novelist. Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian, then rose to international prominence as a master English prose stylist. He also made significant contributions to lepidoptery and had an interest in chess problems.

Nabokov's Lolita (1955) is frequently
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