Lolita

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Penguin Books Limited, Jul 27, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages

'Lolita is comedy, subversive yet divine ... You read Lolita sprawling limply in your chair, ravished, overcome, nodding scandalized assent' Martin Amis, Observer

Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically, out of love, 'to fix once for all the perilous magic of nymphets'. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these? Humbert Humbert's seduction is one of many dimensions in Nabokov's dizzying masterpiece, which is suffused with a savage humour and rich, elaborate verbal textures. Filmed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962 starring James Mason and Peter Sellers, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne starring Jeremy Irons and Melanie Griffith, Lolita has lost none of its power to shock and awe.

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This unabridged edition of Nabokov's classic story about a middle-aged, expatriate European man's obsessive love for a 12-year-old girl--which is being released to coincide with director Adrian Lyne's ... Read full review

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I'm only a few chapters in and it's already deeply impressed me. His use of imagery and metaphor are so unique and powerful - the kind where you pause and rethink/reread bits for sheer pleasure before moving on. The subject matter is of course controversial and makes the reader wrestle with his/her own conscience as you keep finding yourself looking through the protagonist's eyes and feeling as if you are inside his mind; all the while you know how dangerous and unhealthy his mind is. An important read for anyone who looks at today's sexualised, shallow 'bubble-gum' world that dominates youth culture and thinks something is not right here.
Anyone who says this is a sick or perverted book can only be narrow-minded or na´ve, and are seriously missing out.
 

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About the author (2012)

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), born in St Petersburg, exiled in Cambridge, Berlin, and Paris, became the greatest Russian writer of the first half of the twentieth century. Fleeing to the US with his family in 1940, he then became the greatest writer in English of the second half of the century, and even 'God's own novelist' (William Deresiewicz). He lived in Europe from 1959 onwards, and died in Montreux, Switzerland. All his major works - novels, stories, an autobiography, poems, plays, lectures, essays and reviews - are published in Penguin Modern Classics.

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