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Why is 'Lolita' a GREAT Book?


Lolita - Nabokov

Lolita - Nabokov

Olympia Press
Question: Why is 'Lolita' a GREAT Book?
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, is often considered one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. It's also a controversial novel, and some readers can't get past what they describe as "creepy"...

Here are reasons for the novel's greatness:

  • Writing style: complexity
  • Psychological depth
  • Thought-provoking
  • Allusions to classic literature & music (Influences)
  • Universality
  • Stands the test of time

In his book, Vladimir Nabokov, Donald E. Morton says: "What makes Lolita something more than either a case study of sexual perversion or pornographic titillation is the truly shocking fact that Humbert Humbert is a genius who, through the power of his artistry, actually persuades the reader that his memoir is a love story."

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