by Vladimir Nabokov
Review of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita is about a man named Humbert Humbert
(yes, that's his name), who ends up at a small motel, where he finds himself falling in love with the owner's
twelve year old daughter. Though he is repulsed by the widowed owener, he marries her in order to get
closer to Lolita, but after her death in a freak accident, he believes he is free to do whatever he
wants. He then takes Lolita on a cross-country roadtrip. But he soon begins to realise that
things may not work out like he planned. The book is the most famous by Vladimir Nabokov, one of the
most famous Russian authors along with Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Lolita is often attacked by critics as
presenting an immoral message to society, but I saw no such message in the book. You see, although on
the outside it is about a man falling for a twelve year old, its real plot and message lie much deeper
within. It is really about a man's grief and loss during his own childhood and how that grief and loss
has broken his psychology. Presented with the proper circumstances, such a thing as happened to the
main character could happen to anyone. Lolita was a deeply psychological and, at times, deeply touching
book. It is very slow (the vast majority of the time) and took me far longer to read than a normal
book. But although it is slow, it is still a great story (something that is probably realised upon
reflection rather than during the actual process of reading). I'll leave you with one final
intellectually charged statement: "Dem Ruskies can write."
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov was reviewd by Count Orad
Sometimes it was boring and give a negative
advice to society
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov was reviewd by Vesel
Great novel written by an incredibly articulate
writer. He sucks the reader into his protagonist's mind and we're forced to understand him to understand the
novel and its plot and all its details
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov was reviewd by Einar
People say you should read books you can relate
to. I sure as hell hope no-one relates to this book. From when, the doubley (pardon the pun) named, "Humbert
Humbert" first meets our beloved Dolores Haze A.K.A. Lolita to the shocking, some what forsawn (spelling
mistake), conclusion I was hooked.
I did not find this book a light read. Looking back on it now I can't believe
I understood half the stuff in the book. Nabakovs written style is fantastic from his description of the places
they traveled to his thrilling vocabulary. Nabakov was one hell of a writter touching, if you will, into himself
deply to pull this one out.
Nabakov had one provacative story, even by todays standards, and the only
thing that matches it was his pure genius of a writting style. Even when he find out who did it to our Lolita ( I
will refrain as best I can from giving away the story incase someone who hasn't read it yet reads this as best I
can without sounding to nonsensical) Nabakov uses his witty genius to continue to confuse us.
Waterproof. Foreshadowing in the book as well ( I will not give examples for
benefit of others) And the cleverly named Vivian Bloomfield anagram Vladimir Nabakov. I especially loved his
description of lolita "I can imagine so well the colourful classroom around my dolorous and hazy darling."
The story to Lolita is briliant and Nabakov does a fantastic job in feigning
Humbert voices from his undescriptive sexual encounters between the two to his constant pleading with the reading
to understand and his duly affection for his love, Lolita.
The end of the book surely is an ending. Humbert may lose onething but he
gains another. He stops pleading with the reader to understand and starts pleading with Lolita to forgive him for
ruining her childhood. The serves as his repent for the sins he commited, even if wrong, with the best intentions.
(And i say "best intentions" as lightly as possible)
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov was reviewd by CJ
This book was an extremely disturbing, perverse
and abnormal experience, which I found really hard to relate to (being a non peodophilic female
heterosexual). Normally I don't find classics hard to read (some people complain about language) but at times
I felt bored because it wasn't picking up pace. Generally speakng it was ironically a fun and light read
which I rather enjoyed.
Was it a good book? Yes, it was. But I do not
think it deserves to make it to the 'greatest novels' list. It's claim lies in its controversial themes and
entertaining, funny plot rather than how well it was written. This book could most probably have been
condensed into a novella
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov was reviewd by Joz
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 in school. She was Dolores on the dottedline. But in my arms she was always
So begins one of the most controversial novels of
modern times, charting the unconventional relationship between the older man, Humbert Humbert, and a girl of
twelve. It’s a tale told from the point of view of Humbert (a character so good they named him twice!) and is
surprisingly persuasive in garnering sympathy for a man who is, essentially, a pedophile. The torment he
suffers through his obsession with Lolita and the length to which he will go to possess her are beautifully
told – at times poignantly poetic – in a style that illustrates the author’s love of a language which isn’t
his mother tongue (I could almost cry at how beautifully he writes!).
This is truly a modern classic and the subject,
though fraught with danger, is tactfully engaged so that the reader is forced to re-evaluate conventional
thinking in terms of relationships between adults and children who are often less innocent than one might
believe. It’s a tale of epic proportions, a telling commentary on life, love and obsession, and an amoral
love letter to every nymphette who ever lived.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov was reviewd by Kell Smurthwaite (On the
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