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Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and his obsessive desire for his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Dolores Haze.
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  • Andrew Morales
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "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."
    Lin Hao
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "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."
    Nicholas Beck
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This novel only covers one aspect of child abuse. "
  • Shaurya Mehta
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a great modernist book that everyone in college should read. It has a plot with universal appeal and the writing is very approachable. I think that this is something that will also enrich the lives of people even before college."
  • Anna Snyder
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a good book, however it is not written by Coke Talk. Not a good solution. "
  • Melissa Cook
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Not sure how I feel about this and quite frankly, not my kind of read. There are hundreds of other books I would rather read. Yes, it has great reviews, but not sure as to why. At least it's inexpensive I suppose."
  • Adam Wilson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The subject matter could be taboo but the prose is outstanding. It plays with your emotions and will have you tied in knots about how you feel. "
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  • Christine Thompson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Not a fan of this one at all. I guess it is indeed a random book to read when bored, but I wouldn't recommend this pedophilia-supporting book to anyone. "
  • Russell Garrett
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I love reading novels especially those written by Nabokov. The best novel of his I have ever read was Lolita which details a man's obsession for his 12 year old stepdaughter. "
  • Marcos Rosas
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "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."
  • Phillip Walsh
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Excellent solution and great example of beautiful prose. I read Nabokov's masterpiece when I was a sophomore in college and it's beauty still haunts me. Truly one of the greatest examples of the heart's longing and the obsession it brings."
  • Judith Woods
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "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."
    Amit Nair
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "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......."
    Margaret West
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I think this book is less about incest and more about using the characters as a metaphor to compare two different societies, the new american society and old world england. "
  • Teresa Johnston
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "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."
    Keith Smith
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Lolita is definitely a classic of it's time. It is crazy how this book grew such a fan base over the years. I enjoyed it the first time i picked it up."
  • Yu Gu
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This was an interesting read. Kinda read but overall it wasn't bad. Some might like it while others might not."
  • Michelle Rose
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I liked reading this book. Since it is a well known classic, I thought it would be good to read it. I also was interested in seeing how I would view it since I'm a strong supporter of youth rights. The book is not the easiest to read but it's worth it."
  • Frank Cole
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "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."
  • Roy Burke
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I have no idea what is meant by an "unreliable narrator". This book has mostly great reviews, but I cannot recommend it due to my not understanding the question."
  • Stephen Chavez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "useful product"
  • Lauren Lee
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "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. "
    Ricardo Venegas
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "It was offensive to me. I don't understand why anyone would call it a classic. Sex with little girls is awful."
    Samuel Miller
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book, despite being controversial, is a 20th century classic."
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