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"For the entertainment of idiots"

Advantages: Excellent translation of one one the world's greatest works of literature.
Disadvantages: Only part of a much larger epic tale.

...This quote was originally written by a monk transcribing various Irish stories for the book of Leinster in the 12th century. This book contains one version of The Tain. In Irish he offered a blessing to any who memorised the story but in Latin he added th ...

Marge3781 05.08.2013 ˇ Read full review
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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 ...

jankperegrine 23.03.2005 ˇ Read full review
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Review of Lolita - Richard Corliss

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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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Review of Lolita - Richard Corliss

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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 ...

alexandrapontecaille 03.08.2001 ˇ Read full review
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Review of Lolita - Richard Corliss

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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 ...

emmorticia 26.04.2003 ˇ Read full review
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Review of Lolita - Richard Corliss

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