Thursday, July 12, 2007

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Rating: 9/10

Published: 1959
Number of pages: 361
ISBN: 014102349X

Started: 1 April 2007
Finished: 27 April 2007

Summary (taken from blurb):

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, fastidious college professor. He also likes little girls. And none more so than Lolita, whom he'll do anything to possess. 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?

It took me ages to read this book (I was too sick to read for the first week), but it was well worth it, and it's one that I think will get better and better with repeated readings. Although next time I think I'll keep a dictionary and a French translator at hand!

I love to read books that make beautiful use of the English language, and this is one of the best I've read yet. It's so well written, it's astounding This was my first Nabokov and certainly not my last - what a brilliant writer! I don't know what else to say...this a superb book and highly recommended.

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