Sunday, September 28, 2014

Catching up on classics: LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

LolitaRarely does a novel evoke such strong reactions from readers; the provocative and overwhelming inappropriateness of the topical nature of LOLITA and the misguided and delusional paedophile Humbert Humbert at its controversial centre radiates loathing and disgust.

Irrespective of the uncomfortable themes explored in Vladimir Nabokov's classic depiction of a weak middle aged man and his prepubescent unofficial ward nee unwilling lover, LOLITA is as difficult to put down as it is to read.

The unreliable narrator (the pompous, self righteous and unlawful Humbert Humbert) provides insight into a mind meddled with madness and consumed by a child concubine. Through turn of phrase and clever word play, author Vladimir Nabokov attempts to breathe reason and rationale only to portray Humbert Humbert in the deeply distributed darkness of which he rightfully resides.

Interestingly, English isn't Vladimir Nabokov's first language, yet to the uninformed, LOLITA reads beautifully, written by a highly competent author well versed in the use of the English language.

I really did enjoy LOLITA and I'll seek other novels by Vladimir Nabokov, the only downside is that LOLITA has set such high expectations that I hope his other novels can compare.

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