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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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really liked it
bookshelves: 4-star, library, paperback, read-2018, favorites

All right, let's get this out of the way first - is it fucked up? Yes. Definitely! But that is what makes it worth reading.

I mean, Nabokov created a pedophile that isn't completely disgusting. Like, you don't hate him; dare I say you can find yourself cheering for him at times. Of course, at some point you realize what it is you're actually reading and you're like O FUCK. But it is so well written??
You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.

Now, there's a lot of French phrases. I wish I knew French - feel like I would've understood some parts of the book better. It did add to Humbert's character, though, so I'm not mad.

Speaking of understanding the book better - English is not my mother tongue and some parts of the book were just too difficult for me to read through (mainly descriptions of things, not actual stuff happening) and I had to skim over them. That's the main reason why this didn't get all five stars.

Also, I see a lot of people being mad at descriptions saying this is a love story. But it is! It is about love. A sick kind of love, a wrong, obsessive, illegal and immoral kind of love, but love nevertheless.
You know, what's so dreadful about dying is that you are completely on your own.

All in all, it's very much worth picking up, if only for the fact that it's a book with a very frowned-upon character who really doesn't seem that bad when you start reading. But he is. But you don't feel that.
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Reading Progress

June 2, 2017 – Shelved
June 2, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
June 18, 2018 – Started Reading
June 21, 2018 –
page 118
32.69%
June 21, 2018 –
page 153
42.38%
June 25, 2018 –
page 361
100.0%
June 25, 2018 – Finished Reading
June 26, 2018 – Shelved as: 4-star
June 26, 2018 – Shelved as: library
June 26, 2018 – Shelved as: paperback
June 26, 2018 – Shelved as: read-2018
November 12, 2018 – Shelved as: favorites

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