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Hardcover Lolita: Introduction by Martin Amis Book

ISBN: 0679410430

ISBN13: 9780679410430

Lolita: Introduction by Martin Amis

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When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause c l bre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Vladimir Nabokov's wise, ironic, elegant masterpiece owes its stature as one of the twentieth century's novels of record not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story almost shocking in its beauty...

Customer Reviews

10 ratings

Good book but different cover

It probably wouldn’t bother other people but I wanted the cover that’s advertised. It was in pretty good condition but it was a little worn. The book is wonderful and has fantastic writing but it shouldn’t be labeled as a love story. This is about a pedophile.



Hold on! What a! Lolita is a very unique reading experience!

This story was both thrilling and shockingly entertaining! The writing style is superb, reminiscent of a diary, and will keep you on the edge of your seat! Recommended for avid, open-minded book worms with an exceptionally eclectic taste in literature. There is quite a bit of writing in French but do not become discouraged as it is well worth it.

bad quality

the book came completely beat up. There was literally no cover, and multiple pages were folded in.

Never received my Order

I ordered this on May 22nd and unfortunately I never received it.

Amazing Book!!!!

Did have damages like listed but was otherwise in great condition!

Really nice

The language is both textured and accessible. I recommend it to anyone new to literature or writing.


The way some of you write about this book is truthfully disturbing.. such as, calling it kinky? This book is a good read since I enjoy the literary devices used but don’t let that stray you from the actual message behind this book..

"I, on my part, was as naive as only a pervert can be."

I have no real excuse for not reading "Lolita" before this late date. It's certainly a book that crops up in conversation a great deal. I watched the James Mason film version of the book years ago--perhaps that's what put me off. I recently watched the Jeremy Irons version and loved it. I suppose part of me asked why myself why I'd want to read a book that is essentially the ramblings of a middle-aged pervert. Anyway, I decided that I'd procrastinated long enough, and it was time to get serious and find out what all the fuss is about. The story is narrated by middle-aged Humbert Humbert. He's a pedophile--although he's tried denying it, tried disguising it, and tried channeling his baser instincts, but as luck would have it, Humbert finds himself as the lodger at the home of a buxom, lonely widow, Charlotte Haze and 12-year-old daughter, Lolita. Humbert doesn't particularly even like Lolita--he actually finds her rather dull, but she becomes a vessel for the fantasies left by Humbert's unfulfilled first love affair. Due to the subject matter, the book was, at times, rather difficult to read, and it is a tribute to Nabokov's skill as a writer that I was gripped by this story. Humbert Humbert is at his most 'human' (introspective) during his pre- and post-Lolita phases. Once Humbert crosses the boundaries of ethical behaviour and begins a physical relationship with Lolita, there is no going back. At times, Humbert congratulates himself for his cleverness and calls himself a "magician," and then at other times, Humbert seems to realize how despicable he truly is. Unfortunately, the occasional flash of insight is too pale and fleeting to release Humbert from his obsession with his "nymphet" and so Humbert accepts his enslavement and ultimate fate. As the novel develops, Humbert relates his seduction of Lolita and his subsequent relationship towards the child. His manipulative behaviour with Lolita was nauseating, and he acknowledges that Lolita has "absolutely nowhere else to go." Humbert keeps it that way--and turns Lolita into his personal prostitute. Vain, selfish Humbert is a despicable character and at no point did I feel one iota of sympathy for the man. His ability to focus solely on his destructive, obsessive needs is chilling. And yet while I despised the character of Humbert, the story was compelling. How did Nabokov manage this? The brilliant ending of the novel is a triumph of literature, and the words gave me goose bumps. "Lolita" is one of the best books I have ever read--displacedhuman.

14-year-old loved boook

Im 14 years old and I thought that the book was well written. This book is an instand classic. I saw the movie and right after i rushed to get the book and i really felt like i was in it. This book deserves 6 stars!!

Lolita Mentions in Our Blog

Lolita in Banned Books Week 2022
Banned Books Week 2022
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • September 15, 2022

Celebrate "the freedom to read" during the ALA's Banned Books Week. This annual event is designed to draw attention to books that have faced bans and challenges in regional areas around the US. With these challenges on the rise, it's ever more important to stand against literary censorship.

Lolita in The New York Times Book Review Celebrates Their Anniversary with a Vote
The New York Times Book Review Celebrates Their Anniversary with a Vote
Published by Amanda Cleveland • January 04, 2022

The New York Times Book Review turned 125 years old. To celebrate their momentous anniversary and their dedicated readership, they asked their readers to nominate the best books of the past 125 years. They took thousands of nominations down to 25 finalists, then that finalist down to one winner.

Lolita in In Honor of Banned Books Week, Let's Ban Banning Books Once and for All
In Honor of Banned Books Week, Let's Ban Banning Books Once and for All
Published by Beth Clark • September 24, 2018

Okay, maybe we can’t eliminate censorship (yet...#goals), but we can celebrate Banned Books Week with gusto by reading all of the stories that someone (or someones) tried to silence, destroy, or restrict access to. Here are 50 of the most frequently banned and/or most recently challenged books, along with the "who, why, and how" of literary censorship in America.

Lolita in 30 Facts About Books for National Trivia Day
30 Facts About Books for National Trivia Day
Published by Bianca Smith • January 04, 2018

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