Nabokov’s Lolita

Originally published in Paris in 1955 , Nabokov’s opus toward illicit, unrequited love via Lolita is a perversely fascinating linguistic masterpiece.

Meet Humbert Humbert. A late 30’s literature professor who falls head over heels in love with twelve year old Dolores Haze (a.k.a. Lolita–his personal nickname for her). And, through a disturbing series of events, witness as Humbert slowly inserts himself into her life as official “stepfather,” resulting in one of the most twisted love stories ever told.

Listed in Time Magazine’s Top 100 novels of All TimeLolita stands as one of the most controversial novels to have ever been published.

As an avid and long-time Nabokov fan, I cannot recommend this one enough.

11 thoughts on “Nabokov’s Lolita

  1. I love Lolita though I feel a little dirty for doing so. I would likely include it in my ‘short shelf’: the ten books I would gather up if I could only have that many. The writing is just so perfect. Every word, every sentence, and every paragraph fits exactly as it should. I can only guess that N had wry fun in mind when he wrote it. He has taken a horrible subject that does immense damage to people and turned the story of it into something beautifully written and engaging.

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    • Agreed. Although, perhaps it’s a metaphor. I’ve heard some interesting theories that Lolita is a tangible representation of a more abstract concept like language. Either way, thanks for reading and commenting!


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