This is the story of Humbert Humbert, the pervert and the little girl Lolita. This is the first story, I read, that is told by the antagonist. The story goes like Humbert, the convict, trying to give his account of events to prove his innocence. So, as per the story, the reader will not know whether all the things told by Humbert is true or not. This is something I liked a lot. You being put in the place of the jury and trying to find out whether Humbert is punishable or not.
When comes to the writing, the novel won the literary Nobel Prize by no luck. Nabokov is superb in his style of narration with the light-hearted narrations with subtle humor throughout the story is something pleasant to read. I wonder how I hate the character, Humbert, but still liked his narration. Here is where Nabokov succeeds.
The poetical way of storytelling is something you would hear a lot from those who read it. And it’s true. The novel is poetical in most of the places with lot of new words to add to your vocabulary. And in between there are actual poems also. Humbert was telling a poem to the opponent in the middle of a fight is the imagination to the core.
This Nobel Prize winning, controversial to the core, story is something that got me into mixed feelings. Whether you will like it or not? Not sure is the answer. I liked the novel though the plot is something not acceptable to many.
When you write some grumbling story of a pervert who likes a preadolescent girl and his incestuous relation with her and publish it as pure work of fiction, many would criticize you as the one with the pervert’s mind. Nabokov should have a lot of guts to publish it and in my opinion it worth it.
Though I could give more, the novel lost two ratings for the plot that may not be suitable for all. And I would say you read this novel, if you do not worry about the disturbing plot and you care much about the beautiful writing.
My rating for this book is ★★★☆☆