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Review for Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov!


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Overall Rating: **** (4.3/5)

Amazon Rating: **** (4.3/5)

One Sentence Review: If you are okay with reading in detail about some adult topics, and are intrigued by this disturbingly unique classic, definitely read it.

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Awe and exhilaration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hyper civilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation. (Summary by Amazon).

I had been wanting to read this book for a half a year or so. It didn’t disappoint, but at the same time, I was expecting something totally different, so therefore it really couldn’t disappoint or not disappoint, but that’s very off topic, so let’s move on. I didn’t give it a 5/5 for a few reasons. First, there were some lulls that I thought were unnecessary, even though they showed how beautiful Nabokov writes. Second, the book’s ending was anticlimactic and slightly confusing. That’s really it. Otherwise, it was beautifully disturbing and disturbingly intriguing, which is what I think a perfect description of what the novel, Lolita, is. One thing I would like to remind those who choose to read this, is that the narrator, since it’s first person, is unreliable, which could help when understanding Lolita’ character as well as how she is portrayed. The plot brings up so many questions about life and love, and also about morality. It’s not exactly enjoyable like the modern page turner, but you definitely get hooked to the story and the crazy adventure, regardless of how you like the characters. His writing is just phenomenal and so descriptive, with subtleties and word flow, that you will imagine the scenes in so much detail (sometimes too much). Overall, I urge you to read this classic, and when you are finished, you will be thinking about this book for many weeks to come (that’s a good thing by the way)..

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Happy reading!

Xoxo,

Zoe

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