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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (898 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vladimir Nabokov Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Enchanter is the Ur-Lolita, the precursor to Nabokov’s classic novel. At once hilarious and chilling, it tells the story of an outwardly respectable man and his fatal obsession with certain pubescent girls, whose coltish grace and subconscious coquetry reveal, to his mind, a special bud on the verge of bloom. “Masterly . . . brilliant.” — V.S. Pritchett, The New York Review of Books “A gem to be appreciated by any admirer of the most graceful and provocative literary craftsman.” — Chicago Tribune One of the twentieth century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. “One of the best books of the year . . . [The Enchanter] displays the supple clarity of a master.” — The Boston Globe “Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically.” — John Updike Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alana | 2/17/2014

    " Part horror story, part mystery thriller, "The Enchanter" is a more perverse and morbid predecessor to "Lolita." Though it's clear that "Lolita" was born from this earlier short work, there are enough distinctions between the two pieces for them each to carry their own momentum. Worth a read by anyone who adores "Lolita" and could stomach a more explicit version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lazarus P Badpenny Esq | 2/8/2014

    " The harmony of trifles assembled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/27/2014

    " So cleverly written. My one complaint is that Nabokov tends to build upon sentences with dashes, parentheses, etc. to the point where you've lost the original, basic sentence. This forces you (or maybe just me) to go back and read it over again, which with his amusingly creative writing style, isn't necessarily a bad thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Belynda | 1/21/2014

    " Interesting to read after just having read "Lolita," although clearly a distinct work. Just as interesting was son Dmitri Nobokov's commentary following the text. "

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