Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

A contentious classic, Lolita has been on my radar for a while and I selected it as the book I would be reading as I left my twenties and started my thirties. Lolita follows the tale of our uncomfortable narrator who has a love and fascination for pre-pubescent girls and becomes obsessed with his boarding house lady’s daughter Lolita leading the reader on a long journey that many don’t have the stomach for.

This is an uncomfortable read with some difficult topics but I do urge you to give it a try. Lolita has some of the best writing I have encountered. Anyone who can take such an abhorrent topic and write so beautifully about it is truly talented. Even the protagonist who is a horrible person (even discounting his obsession with young girls) comes across as compelling and a tad charming at times. His character development is great and the reader watches as he gains everything he desires and then it slowly unravels.

My only criticism with this novel is that the second half loses some of the superb pacing and it could have been a little shorter for me. That being said overall Lolita was a fascinating and consuming read that is well worth pursuing if you can handle the content. A true masterpiece that is deserving of the hype that left we wanting more of Nabokov’s delectable prose.

4 thoughts on “Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

  1. Happy to see you enjoyed it! This is one of my favorites, but I often find myself having to defend it. I think your point about the dissonance between the novel’s beauty and its objectionable protagonist is right on the money.

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