Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Published: Published March 13th 1989 by Vintage International (first published 1955)
Genre: Romance, Classics
Notes: Go past the initial shock of the subject matter at hand and you'll see how beautiful the writing is.
“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita. Did she have a precursor? She did, indeed she did. In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, an initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea. Oh when? About as many years before Lolita was born as my age was that summer. You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.”
Like my note above said, you really have to go past the initial shock of the main character, Humbert Humbert, and his obsession for nymphettes. He wasn't from a different time and plainly spoke of how it was against the law and risky for him to feel this way. And yet, he was utterly in love with nymphettes and Lolita especially. Humbert wasn't just choosing to feel this way, it seemed to be a mental thing. He wasn't intentionally prowling young girls (he'd argue that it isn't his fault they frolicked everywhere), he was quite timid and for a large part of his life, he kept his distance.
This book is separated into two parts. Part one explains his life and how he got to live with Lolita and her mother Charlotte Haze. Part two documents him and Lolita on the road, traveling non-stop, and their romantic interactions. Why are they on the road? I'll leave that for you to find out.
This book is an incredible piece of literature. The word usage, wow! I feel like everyone needs to read this just for that reason. I feel like I put this novel off for so long because a lot of reviews said it was a difficult piece of literature, and in reality, you just have to get used to the style. There's nothing hard about this book, so don't let it intimidate you!
“And the rest is rust and stardust.”