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The Annotated Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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The Annotated Lolita

by Vladimir Nabokov (Author), Alfred Appel, Alfred Appel, Alfred Appel, Alfred Appel1 more, Alfred Appel

Other authors: Alfred Apple, Jr. (Editor)

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This book is phenomenally rich, there is just so much in there to think about and analyze. ( )
  raselyem7 | Aug 30, 2014 |
I'm surprised at how much I loved this book. The subject matter is complex and yes, the main character is a pedophile but thanks to Nabokov's masterful language play I got sucked in to the narrative and began to somewhat acknowledge Humbert Humbert's obsessive "love" for his Lolita. Of course, I don't condone his actions but you can't finish the book without pitying/sympathizing with him while also taking into the account the destruction caused by his unusual sexual preferences.

I also recommend the annotated edition. I confess that without it I wouldn't have understood many of the puns, and historical and literary references weaved into the text. ( )
  imjustmea | Jun 1, 2014 |
What a read. Seriously, what a read. What's strange is that the most striking feature of this novel is not the illicit, pseudo-incestual relationship between Humbert and Lolita, what captures the imagination the most is the language. The way Humbert speaks (aka the way Nabokov writes) is ingenious. He artfully plays with words, the structure of sentences, the use of allusion, the creation of new words. Humbert's voice is everything in this novel. First of all because he is the one telling the story. Second because it is so appealing. Seriously appealing.

If you are holding off on reading this because of the subject matter, I urge you to reconsider. The story is secondary to the language, and really the language makes the story quite palatable. ( )
  EclecticEccentric | Feb 7, 2014 |
The annotations make this version hard to read, but they do explain alot. This version is not for the casual reader. ( )
  evanroskos | Mar 30, 2013 |
Humbert is a pedophile who moves in with and then marries a woman who has a twelve year old daughter he wants. Stuff.... happens between them... (I am being vague about that not so much for spoiler purposes as because Humbert is the least reliable narrator in literary history and making definitive statements about this book starts arguments), then the mom dies in a freak accident, and then Humbert has the girl all to himself. For sex. Hooray. But he is consumed by obsessive jealousy (not to mention the fear of being punished for his crime.)

In a more conventional novel Lolita's struggle to escape Humbert's custody would be the central conflict but here it's more Humbert's attempts to persuade the reader that there's moral complexity at play and that he has redeeming characteristics and that he truly loves her in his own way etc.

It's hilarious as long as you have a taste for really fucking black comedy. Also, in case you didn't know this, there are pretty much no explicit sex scenes. ( )
  jhudsui | Sep 1, 2012 |
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Appel, Alfredmain authorall editionsconfirmed
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In 1954 Vladimir Nabokov asked one American publisher to consider "a firebomb that I have just finished putting together." The explosive device: Lolita, his morality play about a middle-aged European's obsession with a 12-year-old American girl. Two years later, the New York Times called it "great art." Other reviewers staked a higher moral ground (the editor of the London Sunday Express declaring it "the filthiest book I've ever read"). Since then, the sinuous novel has never ceased to astound. Even Nabokov was astonished by its place in the popular imagination. One biographer writes that "he was quite shocked when a little girl of eight or nine came to his door for candy on Halloween, dressed up by her parents as Lolita." And when it came time to casting the film, Nabokov declared, "Let them find a dwarfess!"

The character Lolita's power now exists almost separately from the endlessly inventive novel. If only it were read as often as it is alluded to. Alfred Appel Jr., editor of the annotated edition, has appended some 900 notes, an exhaustive, good-humored introduction, and a recent preface in which he admits that the "reader familiar with Lolita can approach the apparatus as a separate unit, but the perspicacious student who keeps turning back and forth from text to Notes risks vertigo." No matter. The notes range from translations to the anatomical to the complex textual. Appel is also happy to point out the Great Punster's supposedly unintended word play: he defends the phrase "Beaver Eaters" as "a portmanteau of 'Beefeaters' (the yeoman of the British royal guard) and their beaver hats."

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Presents the degeneration which results from a middle-aged professor's desperate obsession with a precocious, callous teenager whose mother he marries just to be near the young girl.

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