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Lolita By Vladimir Nabokov
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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.

Specifications of Lolita (Paperback)

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Authored By Vladimir Nabokov
Book Details
Publisher Penguin
Imprint PENG MOD CLASSICS
Publication Year 2011 April
ISBN-13 9780141182537
ISBN-10 0141182539
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 336 Pages
Dimensions
Width 5.24 inch
Height 0.55 inch
Depth 1 inch
Weight 236 g
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26 Jul 2012
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Artistic

It is the one the best books, you will come across which is at the same time poetic,artisitc, have a great story and involving.
If you are thinking about reading this book in a bus or somewhere crowded. Don't. You will kill the book. Read with full involvement and relish each and every word. I enjoyed the book so much that I willingly went slow with the book so that I could read it for more days.
Simply Amazing, Just Don't hand it over to your kid.

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lo lee ta

To 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... ()

To 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...
To 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 sympathize the protagonist disregard of his ill affair. Some hate him and see him in utter disgust. But whatever be it, you cant deny the beauty of the book and its writing. The images he puts in your head gets engraved there as a memory, except the disturbing ones ofcourse. They are always done quickly. Overall its a must read on my side! cheers!

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28 Jan 2013
A deeply felt and a profound novel

The 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. Abo... ()

The 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. Abo...
The 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 all else, Lolita is a deeply felt and a profound novel dealing with the controversial subject of illicit or illegal love: of a middle-aged literature professor Humbert Humbert obsessed with the 12-year-old lady by name Dolores Haze.

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05 Mar 2012
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Classically unconventional

Lolita 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.

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28 Jan 2013
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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..."
This is a gem of a book.
I read it once, and I am reading it again. Somehow the book has managed to become even more beautiful and entertaining.
An absolute must-read to anyone who loves reading.
Despite the controversial subject matter of the novel, Lolita is a comedy, and simply, a joy to read.

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Ummm...

I did not like this book. No matter what it symbolises, no matter what a great critique it is, I just can't read about paedophilia and sexual violence. It's a strict pet peeve of mine. If you can read this book and understand its 'beauty', good for you.
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Soothing and nice

A beautiful classic for a life time. I was excited about this book, then I ordered this on 6th June and received on 11th June. Its a wonderful read.. :D Go for it (View complete review)

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Buy a different edition

This edition is very well printed, and is at first sight a very good edition.

But "Lolita" contains a lot of french, and unless you know french, it is very difficult to read (unless you sit with Google translate and type out, every two minutes, full sentences in french).

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Lolita

A very good buy. The book is good and flipkart delivered it fast enough for me to carry it for a journey! (View complete review)

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