From the Bookshelf of Ladies & Literature

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July 8, 2011
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Robyn Gail
Apr 28, 2014 Robyn Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars
As anyone who has heard about this book knows, the subject matter is supremely disturbing. The beautiful language of Humbert Humbert describes his horrible and grotesque obsession with young girls, and the final perfect embodiment of them all, Lolita.

The use of descriptive language wraps the story in the nearly impenetrable gauze of Humbert’s perception of the world. It blurs the outlines of most things and focuses only on his obsessions. As I read, I found myself constantly trying to punch thro
Jun 30, 2012 Sasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Lolita" was a turbulent read for me. Yes, the story centers on a middle-aged, old-world European man with pedophilic drives and his relationship with adolescent nymphet Lolita. There were times when Humbert Humbert's expression of his desires and deeds turned my stomach. His first person narration brings the reader uncomfortably close to his diseased mind as he alternates between pursuing his desires and berating himself for his vile tendencies, which almost precludes the reader from being allo ...more
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