Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

7604Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Published by: Penguin Modern Classics
Genres: Classic, Fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 331
Rating: 2
Date Read: 07/10/16
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Humbert Humbert – scholar, aesthete and romantic – has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious word play, Lolita is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust.

The plot follows a man who a fixation on girls aged 11-14 known as nymphets to him. He meets one summer the daughter of the lady he is staying with, he decides that to him she shall be called Lolita and the plot follows through his life with this fixation. The plot was very slow to me and I think that in-between the key plot points I found myself finding the story boring.

I found it to be dull and boring for the most part. There were bits and pieces of the story that were interesting, but not enough to really keep my interest as I found myself getting distracted pretty easily. I liked the beginning and the description of the past, that was interesting to me and I enjoyed that section and then the style changed slightly and lost my interest.

I didn’t feel especially connected with any of the characters. They appeared to be bland. To me there were a lot of contradictions. One thing I found odd about Lolita is that she acted so grown up and mature and did all these mature things and yet she was incredibly childish.

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