LolitaBook - 1982
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gwsuperfan Oct 23, 2010
I found Lolita fascinating, a dark tour through the mind of a hebephile. As much as anything else, Lolita is a novel of obsession, and I found in part 1 numerous similarities to Stephen Cannell's At First Sight, which was likely inspired (in part, at least) by Nabokov. While devoid of likable cha... Read More »
FearlessReader Sep 28, 2010
I read this in honor of Banned Books Week and because it's been on my list of "books-to-read-before I-kick-the-bucket" list for many years. Though the subject matter is extremely difficult, Nabakov's use of language and skill as a writer is remarkable. I found the Afterword by the autho... Read More »
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Sexual Content: Its about a relationship between a grown man and a 12 year old girl.
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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 down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita. Did she have a precursor? She did, indeed she did. In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, an initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea. Oh when? About as many years before Lolita was born as my age was that summer. You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.
In her washed-out gray eyes, strangely spectacled, our poor romance was for a moment reflected, pondered upon, and dismissed like a dull party, like a rainy picnic to which only the dullest bores had come, like a humdrum exercise, like a bit of dry mud caking her childhood.
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