Lolita by Nabokov. Phrases of your classic for this Friday of Dolores.

Es Good Friday. First operation out of Easter holidays and onomastics of the Sorrows that we are in the world, no matter how much they insisted years ago to change the date to September 15. For those of us from the old school and with many Lolas in the family we continue to celebrate it today.

And my gift for this initial day of processions and torrijas is a review by Lolita, the most literary and famous out of the pen of the Russian born and American nationalized writer Vladimir Nabokov. There goes a brief analysis with a selection of phrases.

About Lolita

First published in 1955, Lolita is considered by many critics as a masterpiece of contemporary world literature and a modern classic. In his day it was rejected by four publishers, being listed as pornographic. It was The Olympia Press, a small publisher of Paris specialized in erotic works, which dared to publish it. Three years later it appeared in the United States.

He immediately raised a dust of scandal, controversy and controversy, in addition to accusations of defying taboos and showing openly the most unspeakable and dark desires of society. His popularity became even greater when Stanley Kubrick took her to the movies en 1962 with a script by Nabokov himself. They starred in it James Mason, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers and Sue Lyon. Later there have been more versions but this is the most remembered.

So we have a work with different reading prisms that go from the romantic and erotic story to the portrait of a fairly self-indulgent society. And of course, in these new times of inquisition, literary censorship, at and x's for grammatical genders and so much political correctness, they have already put her in the spotlight. The story of the obsession Humbert Humbert, a forty-year-old teacher, for the very young Lolita leaves no one indifferent.

 Some of his phrases

  • Lolita, light of my life, fire of my entrails. My sin, my soul. Lo-li-ta: the tip of the tongue undertakes a trip of three steps down the palate until it rests, in the third, on the edge of the teeth. It was Lo, just Lo, in the morning, when he was standing at five-foot-eight on one sock-clad foot. It was Lola when she was wearing the pants. It was Dolly at school. It was Dolores when she signed. But in my arms she was always Lolita.
  • It was love at first sight, at last sight, at any sight.
  • And there she is, lost among everyone, gnawing on a pencil, detested by the teachers, with the eyes of all the boys fixed on her hair and on her neck, my Lolita.
  • By then I was in a state of excitement bordering on madness; but at the same time he had the cunning of a madman.
  • I think that everything is a question of love; the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
  • Everything was ready. The nerves of pleasure were exposed. The least pleasure would be enough to set all paradise free.
  • Suddenly we were madly, awkwardly, shamelessly, agonizingly in love with each other ...
  • Oh, Lolita, you are my girl, just as Virginia was Poe's and Beatriz was Dante's.
  • I looked at her and looked at her, and knew with as much certainty as I must die, that I loved her more than anything imagined or seen on earth.
  • Imagine me: I cannot exist if you do not imagine me.
  • We love each other with premature love, with the violence that often destroys adult lives.
  • There, on the sandy dock, a few meters from our elders, we lay all morning in a petrified paroxysm, taking advantage of every blessed crack open in space and time; her hand, half hidden in the sand, was sliding towards me, her beautiful brown fingers were getting closer and closer, as in dreams;
  • She screamed with a sudden squeaky note in her voice, and shook her body, and contorted, and threw back her head, and my whining mouth, gentlemen of the jury, reached almost to her bare neck, as I smothered against her left breast the last longest beat of ecstasy that man or monster has ever known.

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