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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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Mari-Oliver Parker

on 4 September 2014

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Transcript of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The story is technically a false manuscript submitted by Humbert Humbert who is awaiting trial to the fictional Dr. John Ray Jr.. Humbert begins by telling how his 'addiction' to nymphets began with the death of childhood love Annabelle. He tells of his failed marriage. Eventually he tells of how he comes to the United States and meets Charlotte Haze and her 12 year old daughter falls in love with the child. He the marries the mother, whom he hates so that he can be with Lolita. After Charlotte confronts him about this she storms of and dies in a car crash. Humbert then takes Lolita and watches after her. She gets sick and he takes her to the hospital only for her to be checked out by a strange man. After 2 years of searching he finds her poor, alone and pregnant. Humbert kills the man who impregnated her and is arrested. When Lolita dies in childbirth Humbert writes this manuscript.
3.85 on GoodReads
Stylist Elements
Nabokov gets to the main parts of the story extremely slow. (extremely slowly??)

He is very descriptive when writing. 'My father was a gentle, easy-going person, a salad of racial genes'

He also uses a really great vocabulary. 'redolent', 'phantasm', 'languid'
Personal Review
Although quite unusual this book is a wonderful read. It is slightly disturbing at times but it was written beautifully.I would definitely recommend it to anyone with an open mind who is not horribly judgemental.

My Personal opinion of their relationship is that it is okay to a degree. The only thing I object to is the fact that they were doing 'stuff'...No.
Outside Reviews
Lolita isn't about murder. Lolita isn't about obsession. Lolita isn't about madness. Lolita isn't even about pedophilia or abuse.

Sure those elements are there, but there's skin on the outside of my body, and I can tell you that my largest organ is not what I am about. The same is true for Lolita.

Lolita is a game. It's a chess match by a Russian master. It's an intellectual exercise by a genius. It's an experiment in reader manipulation that's hypothesis is born out. It's references upon references upon references upon references, and it requires multiple PhDs to fully understand (which I know I don't, but I keep trying).

It is one of the greatest novels in the English language and everyone should read it, but if you let yourself be fooled by any of those things that Lolita is not about, Nabokov will have beaten you without a fight, and you won't be doing the master or his book any justice.(less)
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