Monday, September 21, 2009

Lolita [Nabokov]

Book: Lolita
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Reason for Reading: for fun
Genre: Fiction

Review: At its root, 'Lolita' is a tale of love and obsession. This disturbing story stars Humbert Humbert, a forty something man who falls in love with 12 year old Doloris (Dolly, Lo, Lolita, L) Haze.

Nabokov writes beautifully and succeeds in making the reader feel like you are in Humbert's head throughout the novel. A modern classic, I had chills reading this and was constantly reminded that people actually exist like this in the world. Although 'Lolita' is written from the perspective of Humbert, a pedophile who knows he is stealing Lolita's childhood, this is more of a story about obsession and how one can lose all sense of reality in the face of love. Sick and twisted-absolutely. A classic read for everyone-definitely not. While there are no graphic scenes in this book, situations are easy to extrapolate and this is perhaps the most shocking book I've ever read.

Recommend: yes, but not for everyone, the subject matter is uncomfortable

Book Junkie's Grade: A+

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