Book Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


Read from March 02 to April 07, 2016

I am proud to say that I’ve read this book, skimmed the annotated version, watched the 1997 movie adaptation, read the spark notes, wrote a six page essay on it, and edited its wiki page (I added the Character Descriptions section along with general editing, user name WritingMime).

I picked this book out of a list of books my American Literature teacher gave me, since it was already on my TBR list. I was so excited. I heard a lot of good things about Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, but I will admit I was scare the narrative would be bit dated for me. When I first started reading the book, I found out that I was right, it was dated. I found an audiobook to see if that would be any better, and, yes, it actually was! The audiobook sounded so modern, I couldn’t even tell I was listening to something wordy.

So, even though I read the book entirely on audiobook, I will say I followed along with the paperback and annotations in hand, so I could pause it and write down notes in the margins when I needed to. And what I didn’t read in print I made up for with all the supplementary reading I did analyzing Lolita.

This is a classic, and I can see why. Even though the writing was out-of-date, the story and its structure was well put together. It was a memorable story. I want to say I gave this story a 5 out of 5 because I stayed completely emerged with the audiobook and very impressed with phrases. It’s clever. I wouldn’t recommend this to someone who is unable to look past the pedophilic element in this book, even though it doesn’t go into great description. Also, children who are not educated in sex probably should stay clear of this until they are more mature.

The reason I am giving Lolita 5/5, though I did listen to it on audiobook, was because it was fast-paced, thought provoking, and beautiful. I would recommend doing some research on the book, as well, to get the full story behind the meaning of Humbert’s quest. I recommend this to anyone and everyone who is sexually mature. Rating system below.

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  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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