Post # 1
I tried reading this book when I was 17 or so…I put it down after only a couple of pages…it made me feel like I needed a shower, to scrub myself from head to foot.
I am very open minded, accepting, but my acceptance does not extend to pedophilia.
Why is this book considered such a great work of literature? Nabokov should have used his talents for something better, in my humble opinion.
Post # 2
It is tremendously difficult to discuss a book with someone who has not read it. There are so many reasons Nabokov is on the short list of best authors and Lolita is considered a classic – the beautiful prose, the emotions aroused in the reader (sometimes disturbing), even the political symbolism in the time it was written. All of that and English wasn’t even Nabokov’s first language.
No one can convince you or change your mind if you refuse to read the book. READ IT and then decide whetheror not to condemn the majority of professors of literature or reviewers who have read, appreciated, taught and loved the novel.
Post # 3
It’s “great” because this is a patriarchal society. President of the United States is a proud sex offender.
Post # 4
I agree with echomomm – there’s no point in discussing a book with someone who hasn’t read it. I’d add that there are more purposes to literature than to make someone feel safe and good. Lolita is one of the finest examples of the unreliable narrator viewpoint in the canon. A great deal of its power is derived from the reader seeing through the eyes of a horrible person.
Post # 5
lauralaura123 : give it a try and see. How can you not love this:
“And presently I was driving through the drizzle of the dying day, with the windshield wipers in full action but unable to cope with my tears.”
Post # 6
It’s one of my favorite books. I guess if you need an example- think of it like Schindler’s List. It covers a horrible subject matter but in an amazing beautiful way.
Post # 7
That’s one of the points of Lolita…to portray a monster in a sympathetic way so that the reader becomes complicit with the narrator and consequently disgusted with themselves. There is no question that Humbert Humbert is a delusional monster and unreliable narrator and Nabokov made no bones about that…especially when analyzing Humbert’s character from other’s perspectives.
You have to give books a chance, especially this one because it does require more than a surface level reading.
It would be like reading the first few pages of The Great Gatsby and calling it a love story. It’s not and there’s so much more to it.