July 9, 2014

Book Review: Lolita

From Amazon: Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, 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. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

My Thoughts: Why did I read this book? Well, a few years ago, I picked up Reading Lolita in Tehran, and couldn't finish it, realizing that I really needed to read Lolita in order to understand Tehran. So, that's what brought me to pick it up at the library. It is every bit as disturbing and controversial as I thought it would be, yet very well written. The book was riveting...until about half way through, when it got terribly repetitive and a bit boring, and ended in a way that I don't think it should have gone based on the way the book was written. The end was somewhat anticlimactic and somewhat uncharacteristic. 

I'd give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Have you read Lolita?

1 comment:

  1. I know exactly what you mean! I read Reading Lolita in Tehran a few years ago but was less than impressed. I've been meaning to read it ever since and just haven't gotten around to it. Thanks for reminding me to pick this one up. :)


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