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LOLITA by VLADIMIR NABOKOV

Some time ago I decided to straighten up my study, a Herculean endeavor to be sure.  The picture I’m using for my blog was taken after that effort.

While accomplishing this, I came across books I did not know I possessed, some classics, some not so classic.  These books were given to me some time ago.  I never pass a chance to own a book, especially a free one.

One of these finds was a paperback copy of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  My copy was published in 1959 with the price of 50 cents.  This is truly a classic of the last century, and I just finished reading it.

Surprisingly, it’s quite funny with a tongue-in-cheek humor throughout.  The language is exceedingly mild especially compared to today’s literature.  It’s the subject matter which stops you in your tracks, making you uncomfortable at times.  The author has done a fine job in accomplishing this atmosphere.

He has a gift for entering the mind of the character and defining his high level of perversion.  Although perverted, along the way you begin to feel some sympathy for the character for he fully understands what he is doing and, towards the end of the novel, is aware of what he has done to his ward’s life.

If you don’t mind the discomfort, I recommend you give this novel a try.  Don’t be put off by the book’s reputation or age.  It is an excellent read.

May 7, 2014 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment


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