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The Annotated Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The Annotated Lolita

by Vladimir Nabokov (Author), Alfred Appel

Other authors: Alfred Apple, Jr. (Editor)

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Rates in my personal top 10. This is my 4th read of Lolita and each time is remarkably different. This time I was struck by not only the brilliance of the wordplay and the device of the narrator's blindness and attempted manipulation of everyone, including the reader--but also by the pain of all involved: the deluded and pretentious wife, the powerless victim and the "monster" sex addict. The fact that such a clever and beautifully constructed and styled novel can also be so moving and morally powerful is just one of the achievements of this unique masterpiece. Definitely a gift that keeps on giving and meets the reader wherever he or she is at the moment, reading after reading. ( )
  kishields | Jun 19, 2016 |
I've read this twice. My wife recommended that I read this novel and now I'm a full-blown Nabokovian. Don't let the subject matter keep you away. This is a very moral, very good, and exceptionally well written novel. One of the 20th Century's best novels, IMHO. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
Alluringly written...but deeply disturbing. ( )
  hickey92 | Jan 24, 2016 |
This book is phenomenally rich, there is just so much in there to think about and analyze. ( )
  librarycatnip | Jan 12, 2015 |
This book is phenomenally rich, there is just so much in there to think about and analyze. ( )
  raselyem7 | Aug 30, 2014 |
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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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