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What the community says about Lolita
- "Nabokov is a truly transcendent author. I actually read "Pale Fire" about a year ago and was completely enthralled. "Lolita" is a book that examines the excess and madness of post-war America with biting wit and humor found in the most perverse places. Definitely, not a novel for the faint of heart, "Lolita" is a true joy to experience despite its subject matter.""Nabakov's Lolita is one of the best works that takes a deep look into human psychology. I really enjoyed the complexity of the story and the characters involved. Nabakov is masterful with his word choice and it made the book a lot more enjoyable for me."
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- "While the book, Lolita, is centered around a child, it isn't exactly a depiction of childhood trauma. Rather, Lolita is about a man visiting America who is infatuated with a young, twelve year old, Lolita. He comes up with an elaborate scheme to seduce her, but there is a problem- her mother. Even after getting rid of her mother, Lolita refuses to adapt to his ideal lover. This book is very much aimed towards adults and doesn't dive into childhood trauma."
- "I like that this book really delves into the obsession of a person who will stop at nothing from accomplishing his desires. It is scary to read how carefully this plot was crafting and makes me stop and wonder what evils are lurking behind the kind smile of other people.""Well, I guess if this is your thing, it's ok. Nabokov certainly has his way with thoughts. Personally, this is disturbing and I'd leave it on the shelf, but if this is your thing......."
- "Controversial is putting it lightly. This story was a bit strange to read, but was written as no other. The writing may be the best cult classic ever if you can get past the fact the professor wants a child."
- "Lolita is a metaphor. Delores represents America: young, immature, perverse even. Humbert Humbert is Europe: older, sophisticated, but drawn to the that which he should look down to. Its his own personal heart of darkness. This is, of course, a rich classic. I highly recommend."
- "This book is a classic but for the life of me I can't imagine why. It is an attempt at symbolism between new america and old europe. It fails with its veiled ideas. It appears as nothing more than a titillating story designed to shock in a supposedly poetic way. It leaves you feeling as though you need to shower after reading it. ""It was offensive to me. I don't understand why anyone would call it a classic. Sex with little girls is awful."
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