Top positive review
on 7 October 2017
This was on my list of classics to read or reread, in the autumn of my years, and I bought it when I saw it on offer.
I feel that it is beyond doubt that Nabokov is an extremely gifted writer (albeit, at times his writing is overblown and turgid), with an amazing command of the English language (I was rated with a vocabulary of between 50,000 and 60,000 words when I was tested but still found myself reaching for the dictionary on many occasions - praise to the Kindle dictionary facility), especially when one recognises that English was his second language.
However, I felt very uncomfortable with the content and felt sullied and furtive when reading it and I wonder about Nabokov's motivation in writing it.
It is a tale about obsession, mental illness, domination, exploitation, manipulation, grooming, self gratification at the expense of another and, above all, paedophilia, with a bit of twist in the tail.
Nabokov mitigates it by pointing out in the story that, technically it is Lolita who first seduces HH, what happens would, at the time, have been completely legal and, maybe, even normal in some parts of the US and Lolita is also manipulating and exploiting HH.
From the post Doncaster, Rochdale, Newcastle et al perspective it is abhorrent and extremely discomforting.
Am I glad I read it? - don't know.
So, I will rate it just as a piece of writing but I do not recommend it to anyone.