Book review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


LolitaLolita by Vladimir Nabokov

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is quite unbelievable but this is my first book I’ve read by Vladimir Nabokov. But certainly I waited that long in order to read the English version due to some bad translations to Portuguese.

The plot is already very well-known and described elsewhere.

According to Wiki, this book “was written in English and published in 1955 in Paris, in 1958 in New York, and in 1959 in London. It was later translated by its Russian-native author into Russian.”

What I liked most is the author’s style of writing, with irony and plenty of metaphors.

According to this interview, Nabokov and the moment of truth, kindly found by my friend Bettie, he first writes an essay before transforming into a novel. He admits the use of a large amount of metaphors but with the purpose to slowly merge them later on into the narrative.

By choosing a controversial subject – the pedophilia – his book received different categories, such as: erotic novel, tragicomedy, novel of manners, flamboyant novel and so on. Certainly, there are plenty of literary criticisms books about Nabokov’s style of writing.

This magnificent influenced a lot of posterior works, not only in the literature but in the entertainment field also. Two splendid movies which are worth to mention here, were made based on this book: Lolita (1962), directed by Stanley Kubrick, with James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon.

And Lolita (1997), directed by Adrian Lyne, with Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith.

Which movie’s version do you prefer? Even if I do love Jeremy Iron as actor, I still prefer the unforgettable Kubrick’s version.

4* Lolita
TBR Ada
TBR Pale Fire
TBR Pnin

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