Has anyone read the book Lolita ,by Vladimir Nabokov.

I am reading it and find it a little difficult to understand,

I was wondering if it suitable to a beginner,

or maybe someone recommend some "right" books for me.

thank you

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Hello Jersey

I wouldn't say it was suitable for a beginner. Nabokov uses some quite unusual vocabulary; his English is sometimes quite 'mannered'.

If you tell us the titles of some other books you've read recently, it will give us an idea of the level you're at. Then we'll be able to suggest some alternatives.

Hi Jersey

you should read "Reading Lolita in Tehran". The (true) story is about a woman teacher in Iran who, during the Islamic Revolution, keeps teaching in her house literature to her girls students, and one of the books they talk about is " Lolita".

I have never read " Lolita" but " Reading Lolita in Tehran" shouldn't be hard to understand..I hope you will enjoy it!
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Hi, MrPedantic

I 've read the book Out Of Africa recently,and I find it is not very difficult except some new words in it.

so when i read it i have a english dictionary.

I am going to read The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie,is it the "right" book for me?

Thank you for the "Reading Lolita in Tehran"

I will try it
Hi Jersey! 

I'm sure Nabokov deserves to be on the reading list of you, but I'd sincerely advise you to read it leisurely, with pleasure (not to learn English in any case!).
He is very famous as a trial to translators. His novels are full of hints at / quote from Russian literature, to say nothing of metaphors!

..........{quote from 'Spring in Fialta'}..................................................

... I am fond of Fialta; I am fond of it because I feel in the hollow of those violaceous syllables the sweet dark dampness of the most rumpled of small flowers, and because the alto-like name of a lovely Crimean town is echoed by its viola; and also because there is something in the very somnolence of its humid Lent that especially anoints one's soul.


(I myself read him in translation first, then try to read in original...)
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Hello Jersey

Agatha Christie's fiction contains quite a lot of dialogue, and mostly uses very common words. So it should be quite suitable.

Other straightforward but interesting texts are:

Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea

Orwell's Animal Farm

Crane's The Red Badge of Courage

Austen's Emma

Conan-Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories

Golding's Lord of the Flies
Thank you, MrPedantic
Hi Jersey, thanks ;-)
For mentioning Nabokov's Lolita!

By the way, in the quote above there's an expression:
... the alto-like name of a lovely Crimean town is echoed by its viola ...
The health resort town Yalta (┈ an alto-like name ┈) is mentioned here, I guess. The name 'Yalta' is associated with a lot of masterpieces of Russian literature. Chekhov's 'The Lady with the pet dog,' for example. Nabokov, it seems to me, uses such an effect masterly!

More later, see you,
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