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Disturbingly Seductive Lolita!

Advantages: beautifully written; fascinating story mostly
Disadvantages: middle dragged for me; disturbing

Night. Never have I experienced such agony. I would like to describe her face, her ways--and I cannot, because my own desire for her blinds me when she is near. I am not used to being with nymphets, damn it. If I close my eyes I see but an immobilized fra ...

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Daring, beautiful, stylistic modern classic

Advantages: Strong story, stunning style
Disadvantages: Reputation can put people off

"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." (from ‘Lolita’ - chapter 1, part I) Come into the mind of Humbert Humbert. 'Lol ...

Protagonist 16.08.2003 ˇ Read full review
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America seen in a provocative but subtle way

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...40 years after its publication the book Lolita is still an object of scandal. Few consider this novel as an encouragement to paedophilia and it was refused in its time by the whole lot of American editors. Nabokov knew what he was writing and by telling t ...

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Provocative, but not pornographic

Advantages: an amazing story
Disadvantages: has a bad reputation for some

Despite being the author of several books and poetry anthologies, Vladimir Nabokov is known by the majority of people solely for what has become his most famous work: Lolita. First published in 1959, this novel brought him much attention, both from the pu ...

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Poetically Perversed, but Convincing

Advantages: One of the most peculiar love stories ever written
Disadvantages: The language is rather difficult to get into, but once you get the gist of it, it's hilarious

Lolita has come through a lot of criticism and has caused much controversy. Voted as one of the most compelling pieces of literative ever written, and deemed as a romantically perverse story. Nobakov's use of language is totally amazing, even though E ...

ReiKo 22.09.2000 ˇ Read full review
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