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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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Jul 05, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: book-club, read-in-2011
Read 2 times. Last read August 24, 2011 to September 7, 2011.

I went through the reviews on goodreads today to see what other people had to say about this book - since there were so many reviews that gave it 4 or 5 stars, I wanted to see if I was missing something. Turns out, I'm not missing the point, I just seem to be firmly in the category of people that was too uncomfortable with the subject matter to get over it. The interesting wordplay and rare funny moments were not enough to save this book for me. Sure, it's fabulous that Nabokov could write such a lyrical novel in his second or third language, but really...I was just appalled by this. (And annoyed with the fact that I needed a French-English dictionary to read about 1/8 of the book, which I didn't have, so I'm sure I missed a whole lot of the plot) The only good thing I can say about it is that it's impressive how disgusted this book made me.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Paperback Edition)
July 5, 2010 – Shelved
August 24, 2011 – Started Reading
August 24, 2011 – Shelved as: book-club
August 26, 2011 –
page 15
4.48%
August 29, 2011 –
page 75
22.39%
August 30, 2011 –
page 107
31.94%
August 31, 2011 –
page 141
42.09%
September 1, 2011 –
page 219
65.37%
September 2, 2011 –
page 259
77.31%
September 6, 2011 –
page 291
86.87%
September 7, 2011 –
page 335
100.0%
September 7, 2011 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
September 7, 2011 – Finished Reading
September 22, 2011 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)

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