Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.”

This is how Lolita starts. Because of my vocab deficit, I can’t even describe how brilliant the writing is; so brilliant that it keeps the readers engaged even though this novel is about a pedophile named Humbert. However, if you are looking for pornography, you might be disappointed, because everything in this novel is about Humbert’s unconditional love for Lolita.

I find this novel really sad. Although I don’t agree with Humbert’s ways, I feel for him. He is just a poor victim of his memory and the reality. His memorable first love story made him try to seek for the same thing in reality. Finally he meets Lolita, who perhaps could be the bridge between his memory and the reality. He knows there will be consequences, he knows his Lolita will grow up some day, but his memory made him develop this mentality. Even the very reason why Humbert “wrote Lolita” is because he wants to preserve his memory of Lolita, in the past, present, and the future:

“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”

But how can we tell if what we are really reading is true and not a product of his imagination? Nothing is true if you don’t get enough people to believe it’s true.

No one can go back in time. The only way to remember is to write it down, or to keep it in your memory.

Thus, if you want to remember something, write it down. If you want to forget something, keep in mind that when memory fades away, no one can look into the past to validate it. Whatever happened supposedly will be gone just like that.

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8 responses to “Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

  1. I enjoyed reading LOLITA. The beautiful writing did it otherwise I wouldn’t have gone near the book. I saw the movie version too, which was a complete flop, and in my opinion, some of the scenes were dodgy and disturbing.

  2. This book has been on my “want to read” list for a long time (if the actual books on that list were stacked up they would probably reach to Jupiter).

    Love your blog! It’s encouraging to see a young person taking such an interest in literature. Geez, when I was your age…forget about it 😉

    How do you choose your next book to read?

    • Hello MisplacedBoy, glad you have this book on your TBR list ^_^. I actually choose my next read depending on my mood. i.e. if I am happy that day I will choose something happy to read from my TBR list. 😛 I’ve also noticed my list getting longer and longer too…mine is at 20 books now…

  3. I couldn’t agree with this line more.. “Thus, if you want to remember something, write it down.”. I never read Lolita, but I think I might have to give this book a chance.

  4. Nabokov is a fantastic writer. His book “Pale Fire” is my favorite, overall.

    I love the way that Nabokov uses unreliable narrators, so that you have to question the motives of all of the main characters instead of taking everything at surface value. I think that Humbert might be trying to convince himself of his own story.

  5. Jessika Dené Tarr

    Just came across your blog and love it. So strange that you mention Lolita as I just made an illustration inspired by it recently. Such a dark, yet beautifully written book!

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