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The book is a memoir of Humbert Humbert, a well educated middle-aged literature professor with a history of mental illness and an disturbing fondness for young girls. Humbert begins his story by describing his peaceful childhood in Riviera. As a thirteen year old, Humbert falls in love with a twelve year old girl named Annabel Leigh, who died four months later. As time goes by, he marries an adult woman but becomes consumed by his sexual desire for adolescent girls.
The protagonist, Humbert, later moves to America and becomes a paying guest at a widow’s home. The widow, Charlotte Haze, has a twelve year old daughter named Dolores (also known as Lolita) and Humbert becomes obsessed with her. Meanwhile, Charlotte falls in love with Humbert, who marries her in order to remain incestuously close to his step-daughter. Humbert writes all his desires and passions down in a journal, which Charlotte eventually finds. She becomes furious but almost immediately dies in an accident. Humbert then takes Lolita and makes a road trip. The novel then goes on to describe the relationship the two of them share, which is gruesome, overwhelming, paedophilic, immoral, and sometimes both comical and horrifying.
Lolita is a tragicomedy novel with vivid expressions, incredible characterization, dark humour, and complex yet beautiful writing. It is filled with double entendres, anagrams, coinages, and multilingual puns. Vivian Darkbloom, a character from Lolita, is an anagram of Vladimir Nabokov, the writer.
Lolita, when first published in 1955, caused an uproar. It became entangled in censorship issues because of its controversial theme. However, with time Lolita has become a classic and is known to be one of the most popular and controversial books of the 20th century. Time's 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 has Lolita on the list. In the 1998 list of the Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th century, the novel takes fourth place. It also has secured a position as one of The 100 Best Books of All Time. Lolita has been adapted to film twice, once in 1962 by Stanley Kubrick, and by Adrian Lyne in 1997. It has also been performed on stage as operas, ballets, and a Broadway musical.
|Publisher||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Imprint||PENG MOD CLASSICS|
|Number of Pages||336 Pages|
|Publication Year||1995 April|
|Height||7.8 Inches (US)|
|Width||0.59 Inches (US)|
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was an author, lepidopterist, and chess composer. He was born in April 1899 in Russia and moved to America in 1940. He joined Wellesley College as a resident lecturer in 1941 and founded Wellesley's Russian Department. The authors works were both fiction as well as non...View More
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was an author, lepidopterist, and chess composer. He was born in April 1899 in Russia and moved to America in 1940. He joined Wellesley College as a resident lecturer in 1941 and founded Wellesley's Russian Department. The authors works were both fiction as well as nonfiction. His first nine novels were written Russian. Some of his English novels are Pale Fire and Transparent Things. He wrote a number of short story collections, like Nabokov's Quartet and Nine Stories. He also penned down several dramas and poems and worked on translations in English, Russian, and French. His non-fictional works include autobiographical books, critiquing work, and a book on butterflies named Nabokov's Butterflies. Nabokov passed away in 1977 and was buried in Switzerland. He was survived by his wife Vera Slonim. His family mansion has been converted into a museum in St. Petersburg and his valuable butterfly collection was donated to the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University and to the Zoology Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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Lolita, Lolita, Lolita -Befitting
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Soothing and nice
Jul 26, 2012
ArtisticIt is the one the best books, you will come across which is at the same time poetic,artisitc, have a great story and involving.
Mar 5, 2012
Classically unconventionalLolita is a classic by all means. Nabokov's language is beautiful and the story has a soul that compels the reader to empathise with the protagonist. The author has dealt with an unconventional and controversial subject with utmost dexterity. People who have a taste for great literature, especially from sexually conservative societies like India, must read this book.
Jan 28, 2013
Lo.Lee.Ta"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..."
Jan 30, 2014
lo lee taTo put it in a nutshell, its a beautiful book. The language used here is just amazing,beautiful and genius. Given that English is the authors second language, he still owns it and makes love to it. the words he uses to tell his story perfectly conveys the various emotions expressed here directly to the core of your heart.I felt his pain and fears. like i was actually there near him in the room and in his trips. Im not going to comment on the content the book is about cause quiet frankly you already know about it if you are are reading this. Everyone has their own understanding over it. Some sy… (Expand)
Jan 28, 2013
A deeply felt and a profound novelThe first time when I heard about the book was when I was in school, but never had a chance to read it through, albeit in bits and pieces from the school library collection. Now after so many years reading and examining one of toughest novels like Lolita was quiet interesting. To be able to say that for the sake of love if one is wanting to demolishing one's own set of values, morals and the stated norms of love that one grew up feeling comfortable in is, strictly speaking, something of a no-no. Needless to say, it was no less than a struggle to deal with what the novel has to offer me. Above… (Expand)
Sep 5, 2012
A Compelling Read"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul."
Apr 24, 2012
Classic!There is a reason this book is put in the best 100 books of all time. The writing style of the author is absolutely enthralling. The style in which he describes a particular feeling or any random conversation, has absolutely no match. Even with an offensive and revolutionary topic, he manages to keep the reader close and supportive of the protagonist's pain, love and lust for Lolita.
Nov 2, 2011
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Feb 14, 2012
Tragic-comic funny romantic novel, every sentence is a delightA must read and a literary classic. Nabokov represents emotions and thoughts with mathematical visual precision. You can feel that each word is weighed against the rest of the sentence, against the rest of the paragraph against the rest of the novel, following the strict tone of the entire piece. Unity is one of the main features of art.
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