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Brilliantly written dirty joke?,
By A Customer
This review is from: Lolita (Paperback)
So much talent expended on such a filthy fetish! Nabokov writes better than almost anyone of the last century and what does he write about? The slobbering Humbert, middle aged seeker of female children, lusting and plotting to have the child Lolita. It is written with genius. Sentences flow like honey. Comical lines abound. It is amazingly fresh - I checked the copyright as I could barely believe it was written in 1954! But what is the purpose of all this carefully crafted writing? Some will have you believe it is a metaphor for the clashing of European and American cultures. That is utter nonsense. Much of this is a bit too real to be mere literary invention. The fact that Nabokov wrote another novel, "The Enchanter," on the same subject, suggests that this is auto-porn and has no other purpose than tittilation - of the author and anyone else who is a slave to this fetish. It is not a meditation on love. It is a well crafted dirty story for pedophiles.