My Ratings : 4 stars
I adore her so horribly.
Now ain’t that the truth? Lolita is extremely glorified story of pedophilia. And when I say glorified, I mean it. Even with this terrible theme, Humbert’s narration makes you feel sad for him. He is so charming with his words that it messes with your head. And now I know why some people think of it as a tragic love story. With such an unreliable narrator your mind gets twisted, I know mine did. But I couldn’t ignore the wrongness of Humbert’s desire and the lengths he would cross to satisfy them. It took me almost 2 weeks to finish this book. Why? Because (a) I don’t read many classics and I’m not used to the writing style and so after a few pages, my head starts hurting and (b) I stopped myself from cringing every time Humbert Humbert would talk about her little nymphet and how she seduced him with every move she made. (Even though he made it sound like love and playfulness, I saw right through the deception, thus the cringing).
Reading about Humbert’s passion for Lolita was like Hannibal Lectar describing his dinner. It’s disgusting but done with such sophistication as only an intelligent and charming man can. I think this book would leave different impression on every reader which would also show the reflection of their own ideas.