I had to read this book as the theme is related to my dissertation, and if I hadn't HAD to have finished it, I would gladly have thrown it away after the first few pages. This book is not a creative, intriguing new angle on a classic: it's dull, ugly, clumsy, and just blazingly inauthentic. It purports to be a diary written by Lo - taking Nabokov's complex, ambiguous character, and flattening her vividness into a cardboard cut-out of a manipulative little wench. It departs from the text in incongruous ways, adding a glamorous aunt and a short-lived pet hamster (Lo tortures him to death. It's the most boring, long-winded animal-torture scene you can imagine), and ultimately robs Lo of her dignity, her tragedy, and in fact her whole character. Pera has clearly studied the original novel closely, and yet has somehow missed its entire point. Lo's Diary is monotonous, completely lacking engaging characterisation or artistic integrity, and the only thing it gets right is portraying Humbert as the selfish wretch he is - although lacking any deeper analysis. The ugliness of the prose may be excused by Pera's not being a native English speaker, but then, that didn't seem a problem for Nabokov.
No wonder Dmitri Nabokov fought hard to stop publication of this mean-hearted yet insipid book. At least he has Lo's best interests at heart.