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The Enchanter (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 5 Nov 2009

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (5 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014119118X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141191188
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." -- John Updike "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 best books of the year ... [The Enchanter] displays the supple clarity of a master." -- Boston Globe "Enchanting ... sleekly wrought." -- Newsweek

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 18 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
The hero of this brief but powerful novel is a monster - cold, obsessive, cruel - but such is Nabokov's skill that your feelings about him are always mixed and you somehow can't help hoping that things will turn out well for him. This makes you feel very uneasy - shouldn't you, as a decent, law-abiding citizen be hoping that this deely unsavoury and unhappy individual should undergo the extreme rigour of the law, and the sooner the better? And yet you reluctantly find yourself wanting his evil schemes to prosper. Suspense and fascination are maintained right to the end. As far as the writing goes - translations are sometimes wooden and get in the way, but this one doesn't read like a translation. It seems to come straight from the heart - a very cold and cheerless heart indeed.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2004
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In a sense, "The Enchanter" was not meant to be published. Author Vladimir Nabokov unearthed the extremely brief novel in his papers, 20 years after he dashed it off (and thought it was gone forever). It's "Lolita" before there was "Lolita"... but not quite as interesting.
The main character is a middle-aged, respectable, well-off man, living alone and lonely. He also has a distinct "liking" for teenage girls who are just hitting adolescence, but doesn't dare to try anything. One in particular catches his notice, a coltish girl on roller skates who talks to him at times and gains his affection and lust.
He proposes to the girl's widowed mother, who is terminally ill and pretty crabby; he has no interest in his "monstrous bride" but it's the only way he can get to the girl. The wife's condition gets worse over the following months, and she dies. And the man choreographs his own downfall as he plots to seduce his new stepdaughter...
The mind of a pedophile is a disgusting thing, and Nabokov makes no excuses for it. "The Enchanter" is a pretty straightforward story in comparison, without a lot of twists or surprises. It's far from a bad book, but it's not a terribly good one either. It's fairly ordinary, especially when compared to modern classic "Lolita."
The high point of "The Enchanter" is the rambling thoughts of the lead character as the book opens. Then it dips down and proceeds more or less steadily. Nabokov's lush language and complex symbolism aren't really very present here. His writing is blander and more straightforward, with a lack of polish.
The characters are given no names -- they're just the man, the girl, the wife. And the only characters we really get insight into are the lead character and the teenage girl.
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I purchased this book as a huge fan of Nabokov's 'Lolita'. Of course it's nowhere to the same standards as it a very thin story/short story, it gives incredible insight into the thought process behind 'Lolita' and is definitely a must read for his fans. The detailed notes in the beginning and end of the book are invaluable in understanding the context of the story and so are a great addition.
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This book was thought provoking and brilliantly written, turns a potentially offensive subject into a journey
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Essential for Lolita fans.
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