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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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Nov 05, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, banned-books, literature
Recommended for: Readers interested in classic literature
Read in July, 2009

This book was absolutely brilliant. And disturbing, disgusting, offensive, beautifully written, enthralling. I could go on with the oxymorons all day. There's a reason why this is a classic in spite of (or maybe because of) the perverted "protagonist"'s twisted mind and ongoing rape of a pre-adolescent girl. The book is so well written that at some points, it almost lulls you into accepting Humbert's perversion as the "normal" of the story, and leaves you wondering who you should be rooting for.

It is a perfect portrait of a diseased mind that is fully aware of its disease, but tries only nominally to fight it. It takes a strong stomach to get through the book (I can only thank the literature gods that Humbert's so full of his own classical intelligence that there are no real graphic scenes -- everything is described in poetic, flowery terms), but if you can, it's worth the read.

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