Lolita (Vintage International)
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This is a copy that I bought at an estate sale several months ago. The inside says that this is a 1959 copy. The cover art is different than the one shown. The back of the book has old age spots, I'm guessing that the person who owned this book kept his book collection by the air conditioner, or a window. The book is still readable, the pages are intact, but they are yellow with age.
Despite its lascivious reputation, the pleasures of Lolita are as much intellectual as erogenous. It is a love story with the power to raise both chuckles and eyebrows. Humbert Humbert is a European intellectual adrift in America, haunted by memories of a lost adolescent love. When he meets his ideal nymphet in the shape of 12-year-old Dolores Haze, he constructs an elaborate plot to seduce her, but first he must get rid of her mother. In spite of his diabolical wit, reality proves to be more slippery than Humbert's feverish fantasies, and Lolita refuses to conform to his image of the perfect lover.
This book is currently on reserve for the Time books relay.
Journal Entry 3
bookcrosser in Springfield, Louisiana USA on Monday, March 20, 2006
Released 13 yrs ago (3/20/2006 UTC) at bookcrosser in Springfield, Louisiana USA
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Mailing out to Dee tomorrow.
I hope you enjoy!!
Received today. Thanks for relaying this one!
Reserved for relay "Harold Bloom's Canon". TBR first.
Accepted by crazy-book-lady.
I am finally done reading this book! I say 'finally' not because it was a boring read but because it took me over a month to read it which is very unusual for me. However, starting a new job and remodeling my kitchen has left me with little time to read once my day is done. Lolita is one of those types of books that must be given complete attention since the author's writing is very descriptive and poetic. There were a few parts that seemed quite slow but were actually important to convey the feeling of the story. Be sure not to skip the author's own words concerning his troubles in getting his book published in the U.S. (at the end of the book) as it will help bring some understanding to his thinking and reasoning while writing Lolita. All in all, I enjoyed the book but would it would probably have been better served if I had read it more consistently and without interuptions (if that is possible!).
I'll get this sent along to crazy-book-lady soon.