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    Lolita  (English, Paperback, Vladimir Nabokov)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    • ISBN: 9780141182537, 0141182539
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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.

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    • Imprint
      • Penguin Classics
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    • Author
      • Vladimir Nabokov
    Dimensions
    • Width
      • 0.59 Inches (US)
    • Height
      • 7.8 Inches (US)
    • Length
      • 5.08 in
    • Weight
      • 234.0 Grams
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    Ratings and Reviews
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    5

    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-...
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    Arindam Moulick

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    28 Jan, 2013

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    5

    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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    Ravi Teja

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    28 Jan, 2013

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    Nice product

    The product quality was okay. This book is a classic. It is very sad book. Not a particular part, but in its entirety. Try listening to ennio morricone 1997 Lolita while reading this book.
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    Aayush Goyal

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    27 Feb, 2017

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    Terrific

    A beautiful poignant masterpiece about the erotic desires of a middle aged man for his step daughter who he nicknames Lolita. Filled with equal parts humor , literary devices , heartbreak and depth this book is a must for all above age 15. A mature storyline with a dramatic ending it is definetly not to be missed just like Nabokov 's other books.
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    21 Dec, 2016

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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 a...
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    Shibin Paul

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    30 Jan, 2014

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    Lovely

    I got the book delivered at my office within 2 days... Its awesome and i have read some of the parts of this book 4 years ago... now i have got the chance to get full book reading time.... thanks to flipkart
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    Shivesh Jha

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    2 Nov, 2011

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    5

    Tragic-comic funny romantic novel, every sentence is a delight

    A 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.
    Every page gets laughs.. sometimes its laugh out loud funny. A delight to read..
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    Sidharth R

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    14 Feb, 2012

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    Great service and product quality

    I ordered this book from flipkart because i got a lot of option as to the pricing. My order was delivered in 2 days and in a very good packaging.
    The book, though is a paperback, the binding quality and the paper quality is very good.
    Its a classic and definitely a keeper...........
    Thank you flipkart for making shopping so easy, comforting and financially benificial.
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    Madhuparna Banerjee

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    13 Nov, 2011

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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.
    About the product, it's good. Penguin Publications makes sure they use the best quality of paper for their books and provide superior binding. Flipkart's delivery and packaging was superb as always.
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    Diksha Kale

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    23 Jun, 2014

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    Just wow!

    Thumbs up!
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    Aditya Pratim Maiti

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