Lolita - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Lolita - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 03/02/2000
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'Lolita is comedy, subversive yet divine ... You read Lolita sprawling limply in your chair, ravished, overcome, nodding scandalized assent' Martin Amis, Observer

Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically, out of love, 'to fix once for all the perilous magic of nymphets'. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these? Humbert Humbert's seduction is one of many dimensions in Nabokov's dizzying masterpiece, which is suffused with a savage humour and rich, elaborate verbal textures. Filmed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962 starring James Mason and Peter Sellers, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne starring Jeremy Irons and Melanie Griffith, Lolita has lost none of its power to shock and awe.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141182537
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


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He did us all an honour by electing to use, and transform, our language. * Anthony Burgess *
Nabokov can move you to laughter in the way that masters can - to laughter that is near to tears. * The Guardian *
There's no funnier monster in modern literature than poor, doomed Humbert Humbert. * The Independent *

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“My favourite novel”

Lolita is haunting, delicate and charming, and all the more unnerving for being these things, considering that the narrator is a deranged child-molester. Lolita stays in the mind long after one has put it down, mainly... More

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“Questions your morals”

As an English Student, this book has been debated about greatly, and so I had to read it. It is a very clever narrative, as you start off, rightly so, thinking that this man is purely just a pedophile but by the end... More

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“Brilliant- changed the way I think”

I read this book when I was 18, so three years ago, and I still love it now and enjoy re-reading it.
This is a book which is extremely well written, the author has the most amazing talent ever and kept me gripped... More

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