After having already answered ‘Favourite Book’ and ‘Book From Your Favourite Author‘ finding another favourite fiction book is proving tricky! So as not to repeat myself I have decided to think of another ‘favourite to add to the list!
‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov is one of those books that you almost feel like you shouldn’t like because of the content, but you cannot help finding it so interesting. The novel is narrated by the protagonist, middle-aged professor Humbert Humbert. He is obsessed with the young girl Dolores Haze, whom he calls Lolita. After marrying her mother, Humbert becomes sexually involved with Lolita. After her mother is killed in an accident, Humbert leaves with Lolita as they travel around America and continue their love affair.
One of the reasons this book is so interesting is because of the controversial subject matters of paedophilia and incest. Humbert’s narration is grotesque and disturbing, but at the same time attempts to gain sympathy from the reader. This complicated mix of prejudice and emotions manages to confuse the reader, so Humbert almost gains our sympathy until his frank confession at the end. I have heard many mixed opinions on this book but it is one that I enjoyed reading although it is difficult to pin down why exactly. The sophisticated language aids Humbert in his plea for sympathy, which also makes the book a pleasure to read. For anyone brave enough to read it, ‘Lolita’ is a rewarding book, and gives a bizarre insight into some of the most controversial subjects of the century.