Sunday, February 10

Book Review: Lolita

Title: Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov

Pages: 317

Summary: Awe and exhilaration - along with heartbreak and mordant wit - abound in Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert. Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet, Dolores Haze. Most of all, it is a mediation on love - love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The beginning of the book captured be almost immediately especially because of Nabokov's writing style. Unfortunately, the book as a whole was a slight let down for me and it quickly went from an engaging read, to just another average book.

The way Nabokov wrote the narrative and created the voice of Humbert was incredible. Humbert lures the reader into his world and thought process and attempts to manipulate them into liking him. Which, was an aspect of the book I enjoyed, despite Humbert being a dirt bag, I thought how his character was created and how he was portrayed was wonderful. For an author to manage to create a character like Humbert, but manage to make him, almost likeable at times, marks a very talented author in my books.

What I didn't like was that the plot of the story didn't move quickly, and slowed down to a crawl. It became repetitive, and boring with the travelling across the country. I would have liked something different, instead we get Humbert's repetitive rambles, eventually we see him further descend into madness, and I wish more time had been spent on that, because by the time the story got to that point, I had lost my interest in the book and its characters - even the appeal around Humbert was gone. And the other characters weren't that likeable, although we only see them through Humbert's eyes, and he is a quite bias character - which I'm sure was the authors intention - who knows what the characters are really like, they were all still unlikeable and I never cared much for any of them.

Overall, it wasn't a bad read - but not my favourite.

Would I recommend it to read: I would definitely recommend the author. But not sure about the book. Controversial content set aside, the first half was well done, but the last bit was boring and dragged on, and I think a lot of other readers would also be put off by this. Still, how Nabokov manages to capture the reader's attention my Humbert's narrative does make the book worth looking into.

What to read next: I'd read more by the author, as the writing was superb. And I'd say read more of those "banned books".

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  1. I found it really dragged, too. His ramblings really started to loose me, and because of that I never even finished the book.

    1. It seems there are a few of us who feel this way, which is always nice to see.