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Dannaaay
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I have a question.
What are your thoughts on the novel Lolita?
It was based on a true story and is apparently the edited version of 'Humbert Humbert's' writings of his real story. Vladimir Nabokov, the genius, put it all together and produced the incredible novel that is Lolita. In my opinion, anyway
I was wondering what your views are?
I know several people who say that the novel is an abomination because of the topics that it covers, that it is disgusting. But I love it and it sounds cliched but I honestly think it is one of the greatest works of literature. I know the topic is controversial and I by no means think that the ideas in it are normal or acceptable, but are people unable to separate this from the novel itself? Admittedly sometimes I found myself rooting for HH and Lolita and had to close the book and remind myself of what I was actually reading about as the literature was just that powerful.

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Lolita is one of my favourite books. I actually ended up writing an essay on Paedophilia after reading this book, it made me think that much. As weird as it sounds, I was on Humbert's side for a large part of the book. It was only after I finished reading it and reflected on the story that I thought about the way the story was narrated and Lolita's point of view.
The writing is beautiful, I am a big fan of Nabaokov. I would also recommend reading some of his short stories - I am hoping to read his other novel, Ada or Ardor sometime soon as well.

Lolita is certainly a book that makes you think - it gets people talking. I also find the topic very interesting as well, so it's interesting to see the subject matter portrayed from a different perspective.
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Humbert is insidiously charming which makes his crime all the more twisted.
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I'm doing an essay on it right now, based around gender roles. It's also one of my favorite novels, mainly because Nabokov's own synaesthesia shaped how he presented the story and for some reason, bar his paedophilia, I like Humbert's character!
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Lolita is my favourite book. While I was reading it I was seeing Humbert as the good guy and Quilty as the bad guy, but it was only when I got the last chapter of the book that I realised that they were both as bad as each other. I also did a load of research into it. It's not based on a true story, but Nabokov described one of his earlier works, The Enchanter, as 'the first throb of Lolita' (or something like that) I could talk about Lolita all day if someone would listen!
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Same! I was rooting for Humbert and thought Quilty was just getting in the way of the love story. I kept having to remind myself that this is not an appropriate love story!


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(Original post by Smash Bandicoot)
Humbert is insidiously charming which makes his crime all the more twisted.
I think the opposite. If he was a charmless, ugly man who managed to seduce Lolita it would be massively more twisted.

The age of consent was once 13 - is even lower to this day in some countries and I certainly think that some girls of that age would not be harmed by a relationship with someone of Jeremy Iron's erudite ways.
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I think the opposite. If he was a charmless, ugly man who managed to seduce Lolita it would be massively more twisted.

The age of consent was once 13 - is even lower to this day in some countries and I certainly think that some girls of that age would not be harmed by a relationship with someone of Jeremy Iron's erudite ways.
I'm not sure. I think being charming does make him more twisted. If he was openly charmless and ugly then his outer persona would be indicative of his inner self, which would make his actions more predictable. However, the way he wins people over almost made my skin crawl to think of all the people who could put up that kind of facade. However, I think everyone has different interpretations of the book and I see where you have both come from


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Great book.

I'd encourage you all to read Ben Brooks' Lolito, too.
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Sensational. I have never read anything quite like 'Lolita' and Nabakovs writing is magnificent. I will never forget the feeling of being duped when finishing it!


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When I actually red the book, I was quite surprised to find out it wasn't the abomination
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(Original post by niamhisokay)
Lolita is my favourite book. While I was reading it I was seeing Humbert as the good guy and Quilty as the bad guy, but it was only when I got the last chapter of the book that I realised that they were both as bad as each other. I also did a load of research into it. It's not based on a true story, but Nabokov described one of his earlier works, The Enchanter, as 'the first throb of Lolita' (or something like that) I could talk about Lolita all day if someone would listen!
You wrote your message six years ago😂 so I doubt you will answer but if you do read this I would love to hear you talk about Lolita! I am actually writing an essay on it for A level English. - exploring people’s views is just what I need
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You wrote your message six years ago😂 so I doubt you will answer but if you do read this I would love to hear you talk about Lolita! I am actually writing an essay on it for A level English. - exploring people’s views is just what I need
I didnt know the English school system was enlightened enough to allow that to be on an Alevel reading list?!
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I didnt know the English school system was enlightened enough to allow that to be on an Alevel reading list?!
Yes, they are! Ahaha - I was surprised as well but A level students have recently been allowing a wider range of books
I’ve just started reading Lolita, have you read it and If so what did you think?
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Yes, they are! Ahaha - I was surprised as well but A level students have recently been allowing a wider range of books
I’ve just started reading Lolita, have you read it and If so what did you think?
Well props to them for that, definitely a more interesting book than the usual dross they try and populate the reading lists with. Alas, Russian literature is way too neglected imo. Although i feel it might be a stretch tpo get them to put Lermontov on the list :lol:
I thought it was a magnificent book, i read it in 2 sittings, namely because i needed to sleep. Extremely well written and engaging with some magnificent prose (although i did need to crack out google translate for some of the french sections lol)
The topic is obviously rather delicate but i think Nabukov navigates it marvelously
How about you?
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I really like Vladimir Nabokov because of the form of language he uses. I remember one day I became interested in Russian literature of the 20th century and when I was writing an essay using the Edubirdie service, I came across Vladimir Nabokov. I read Lolita first, then moved on to his other works. I want to say that Lolita is not his best work.
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Humbert is insidiously charming which makes his crime all the more twisted.
yes!!!!!!
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Same! I was rooting for Humbert and thought Quilty was just getting in the way of the love story. I kept having to remind myself that this is not an appropriate love story!


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