‘ it was love at first sight. at last sight. at ever and ever sight.‘ book i kind of hated and loved at the same time. maybe that was the intention ^ ^ 5/5
I did not like this book. I found myself skimming most of it. A middle aged predator, a 12 year old girl. No amount of fancy writing can make this palatable for me.
I have such mixed feelings about this book. The writing was lyrical. But between the French and the round about way of making a point, I often found myself a bit confused about what I‘d just read. Did I mention that the narrator was a pedophile and rapist? Had I read this 2 or 3 decades ago, I might have enjoyed it. However in 2022 any sympathetic portrayal of a pedophile just doesn‘t fly, no matter how eloquent the writing.
Read it to develop my own opinion among the controversy. That opinion is that while it‘s well written, and by no means do I see how people think HH is glorified or that Delores was ‘promiscuous‘(she was a CHILD wtf),it was very hard to get through and outright nauseating. Do I think I could understand it more with a second read? Sure. Will I read it again? No.
Hear me out, women in the right headspace should all read Lolita, and men maybe should read it at a removed distance. Perhaps as a true crime novel. It‘s revolting and beautiful. It‘s also worthwhile to mention that Véra Nabokov played a huge role in this book‘s writing. Reading this was revolting but revolutionary. I finally acknowledged the potential for male evil in writing, and saw how beauty could so easily pervert it. A necessary read.
#LMPBC Group V - what do you think of Lolita, One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest, or To Kill a Mockingbird for a pick? Have you read all of those? I also haven‘t read any Vonnegut and would happily take suggestions, or could take an overflow from the list posted by @TheAromaofBooks …
Reading Envy Podcast Episode 243: Russian Novel Speed Date *BONUS EPISODE*
It's been a while since I've done a speed dating bonus episode, and this one is all about Russian novels for the Reading Envy Russia novel quarter. I discuss books I tried, what I thought of them, and books I read previously.
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"Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece."
"Life is just one small piece of light between two eternal darknesses."
A fabulous and scandalous classic literary work of art I am glad I finally read.
Some publishers and reviewers described this novel as a ‘love‘ story. No. The villain protagonist objectifies and sexualizes girls that he deems ‘nymphets‘. He plans to drug and rape Delores on their first night alone. He is a monster and she is a victim. And yet, Nabokov masterfully takes in readers with dark humor, satire, brilliant word play and elegant, self-aware prose. From a literary standpoint it‘s an achievement.
I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.
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Such a controversial book. First, it was really difficult to read after a while. It just gets confusing and I felt a little lost here and there. Second, it‘s not offensive in that our HH exposes the harm he caused. Third, it starts of funny, like for 100 pages. Then it transforms, goes dark and difficult and becomes a fascinating and pretty amazing novel. I‘m actually not quite sure what he did. This wants a reread.
I made up a cocktail for your next Nabokov read called Lepido-Nabokov: 3oz of vodka, .5 Oz blackberry brandy and .75oz St Germain. 📚🍸 definitely helps the strange parts go down smoother and enjoy his lovely multilingual prose... but just sip slowly since it‘s definitely strong!
Finally, I‘ve started.
(and...do I see Petrarch? Just imagining that?)
The special class of satire to which “Lolita” belongs is small but select, and Mr. Nabokov has produced one of its finest examples. ♦(Donald Malcolm - The New Yorker)
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I've not read Lolita. Am planning to read My Dark Vanessa soon. Thought-provoking piece by the actress an screenwriter Emily Mortimer in today's NYT. Adapted from an essay from the forthcoming anthology Lolita in the After Life. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/02/books/review/lolita-obscenity-cancel-culture-...
This has been one that's been on my to-read list for many years because I love classics and this one is always high up on the best books of all time lists; I'm glad I finally read it. It's a very good piece of literature. 📚
Full review ⤵️
A friend asked if this was a good book. I can say it did it‘s job, made me feel the feelings it intended and I appreciate it, but I‘m not sure “good” is a way to characterize it. Well written, interesting wit. It‘s written in a formal document manner and it‘s not my favorite way to consume a book. Just personal preference!
I‘m working on my 2021 reading challenges and saw this “Deal Me In” idea in a FB Group. You assign a book you‘ve been meaning to read to each card in a deck and then randomly pull however many you‘d like to tackle. I‘m adding these 4 to 8 more prompts to create my own Catching Up On The Classics Challenge. Looking forward to a great reading year! 📚
The professor, with a middle-aged body, erudite brain, hopelessly juvenile thinkings, ceaseless seek of pre-pubescent hedonism, whom you might have seen over the polished( I hope) railing of your tiny balcony, on the stone of bench sitting, with a book in both palms, and mind around the "nymphets", is the striking protagonist; who bewizards the honey-limbed Lolita.
An art: the novel Lolita
Loved this classic! Jeremy Irons is perfect on audio!Humbert Humbert is the epitome of unreliable narrators. He attempts to charm us with his wit and eloquence, addressing us often as ‘dear reader‘, willing us to be complicit in his awful deeds, yet it‘s actually Nabokov who woos us with his words. It‘s an uncomfortable and sometimes horrific ride in the mind of a predator, but made disconcertingly enjoyable in the skilled hands of this genius.
Half way through the book and it's the most disturbing but beautiful book I have ever read ❤️
Current audiobook--Jeremy Irons narrating
Such amazing prose, such a disgusting character
Lolita is a difficult read but it‘s totally worth th effort. The narration is so powerful that it makes the reader sympathise with Humbert‘s cause even though it is as disturbing as it gets. Since I was not aware how the book ends I found the twists in the second part of the book to be interesting. Also it would‘ve been fascinating to read the story from Lolita‘s perspective as she‘s no ordinary prepubescent girl and has a rather complicated mind.