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Lolita

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

25 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

The Wondrous Paradox of Lolita

I picked up this book--already in love with the prose of Vladimir Nabokov--and I find almost every main character disgusting, vile, almost inhuman, but I could not put the book down. The beauty of the writing, the rhythmic flow of the descriptions, the tender gestures o...
I picked up this book--already in love with the prose of Vladimir Nabokov--and I find almost every main character disgusting, vile, almost inhuman, but I could not put the book down. The beauty of the writing, the rhythmic flow of the descriptions, the tender gestures of the nymphet Dolores Haze, the subtlties of Nabokov's aliteration, the fluidness of instances, the sheer ability to run rapidly through dozens and dozens of scenes while keeping us 'or shall I say, Dear reader!' envisioned with Humbert, and his escapades around the America Vistas. The paradox, is here we have a book that revolts me in every physical way, but, the style, the rhythm, the cadence, the damn confidence! of Nabokov is enough to make me read on about our dear monster, and his Lolita!

posted by Anonymous on April 3, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

both a cause and symptom of social decline

This is the most comprehensively vile novel since the days of de Sade -- and to be fair, de Sade was at least up front about his own proclivities. Defenders of Lolita tend to fall into two categories: moral apologists, and lovers of art for art's sake. Those in first ...
This is the most comprehensively vile novel since the days of de Sade -- and to be fair, de Sade was at least up front about his own proclivities. Defenders of Lolita tend to fall into two categories: moral apologists, and lovers of art for art's sake. Those in first category offer a host of rationalizations -- ''She seduced him!' 'But Humbert loved her!' 'Humbert himself was a victim.'' -- which seem eerily familiar because they are exactly those offered by pedophiles in mitigation of their crimes. These arguments are not literary judgments but, rather, signs of moral rot. Since Lolita is basically indefensible on a moral level, many disingenuous readers confine themselves to extravagant praise of its style. Even if style could compensate for pathology, Nabokov's does not. A little of his excessively ornate prose goes a long way, and after a hundred pages a sense of suffocation sets it. Despicable on every level.

posted by Anonymous on June 16, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2007

    both a cause and symptom of social decline

    This is the most comprehensively vile novel since the days of de Sade -- and to be fair, de Sade was at least up front about his own proclivities. Defenders of Lolita tend to fall into two categories: moral apologists, and lovers of art for art's sake. Those in first category offer a host of rationalizations -- ''She seduced him!' 'But Humbert loved her!' 'Humbert himself was a victim.'' -- which seem eerily familiar because they are exactly those offered by pedophiles in mitigation of their crimes. These arguments are not literary judgments but, rather, signs of moral rot. Since Lolita is basically indefensible on a moral level, many disingenuous readers confine themselves to extravagant praise of its style. Even if style could compensate for pathology, Nabokov's does not. A little of his excessively ornate prose goes a long way, and after a hundred pages a sense of suffocation sets it. Despicable on every level.

    6 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2004

    Just plain bad writing

    Flamboyant puffed-wheat wording with no substance. Adverbs are utilized in place of vivid verbs and action--the sign of a lazy writer. Adjectives stuck cheek to jowl in hopes of covering up an obvious lack of consideration for the reader. Too racy for American eyes? I don't think so. Mere pedagogy by a pedophile written for the 'spin cycle' crowd. If you're a Jane Austen or Danielle Steel fan, you'll love the book.

    4 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Not clever enough

    Lolita is 12 yrs old. You are a 1/4 through the book before
    you know this . Up to this point it's great. Nabokov seems
    to have a thesaurus fetish , but that's the sickest thing about
    It until he meets Lo . Humberts ideal nymphet is less like
    jailbait than child . After I'd read over half I decided the
    author was'nt clever enough to make this subject funny .

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    I want 2 puck

    Even though i hav not even red this buk, i no its a piece of well i wont say it how is it possible 4 some old dude 2 do such, in my opinion an awfulbthing 2 an innocent little girl!?what is our wolrd coming 2? People r si perverted these days. Who in their rite mind wood call this a love story?!

    1 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Sick disturbing

    Author obviously had pedophiliac tendencies. Story is basically about a grown man molesting a 12 year old child, all the while fantasing as most pigs do that the child was actually flirting with and coming on to HIM. What sicko. Readers who give this book 5 stars probably have these same thoughts and tendencies themself or else wgy all the praise? Its tantamount to buying memorabilia from convicted murderers behind bars allowing them to gain profit from wrongdoing. Wonders how readers would feel if it were THEIR daughters being molested by their husbands! What indeed is our world coming to? Disgusting read.

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Farore

    *gets Collte on her back and takes off quickly*

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2009

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    Not what I would choose to read.

    Yes it is labeled a classic but HH is too distracting to over look. The writing style is unique and the annotations are helpful in deciphering the French text. I can say that I gave it an honest try but if it had not been chosen by my book club I never would have finished the story. Not something I would pick up to read at leisure.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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