Book Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Title Lolita
Author: Vladimir Nabokov

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When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause célèbre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Vladimir Nabokov’s wise, ironic, elegant masterpiece owes its stature as one of the twentieth century’s novels of record not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author’s use of that material to tell a love story almost shocking in its beauty and tenderness. Awe and exhilaration–along with heartbreak and mordant wit–abound in this account of the aging Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America, but most of all, it is a meditation on love–love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

This is one of those classic novels that always taunted me from the bookshelf. I felt guilty even picking it up to read the back. It took me years to gather the courage to check this out of the library. I think it’s because of the subject matter and the themes of the story. Our school didn’t have it on the reading list, though a couple of the surrounding schools did and I was so jealous. I wanted to read this book, mainly because of the shock value associated with reading it.

You ever have a moment where you want to go back in time and just kick yourself? This book is one of those situations. There’s so much more to this book. It’s wonderfully written, full of amazing prose and word games. You’re not supposed to sympathize with Humbert, and there’s not really any point that you can. Nobokov has created such a vile character that one can’t help but hate him (even the author does). It’s an amazing piece of literature. I was swept away in this story, and when I finished it I felt like I was coming out of a haze, I had what a friend lovingly calls a book hangover. I’m glad that I waited to read this. If I had read it when I was younger I would have been too caught up in the sensationalism of the story and missed the subtle details, the way the words are layered. There’s a reason why this is a classic.

pink4 This is a good book to read, but if you take it at face value, you’re missing out.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

  1. To put it in a nutshell, its a beautiful book. The language used here is just amazing,beautiful and genius. Given that English is the authors second language, he still owns it and makes love to it. the words he uses to tell his story perfectly conveys the various emotions expressed here directly to the core of your heart.I felt his pain and fears. like i was actually there near him in the room and in his trips. Im not going to comment on the content the book is about cause quiet frankly you already know about it if you are are reading this. Everyone has their own understanding over it. Some sympathize the protagonist disregard of his ill affair. Some hate him and see him in utter disgust. But whatever be it, you cant deny the beauty of the book and its writing. The images he puts in your head gets engraved there as a memory, except the disturbing ones ofcourse. They are always done quickly. Overall its a must read on my side! cheers!

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