Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov is the story of a disgruntledly romantic man named Humbert Humbert and his awkward, controversial, but still rather calculated attempt at love with his landlord’s preteen daughter, Dolores Haze. It is definitely a disputed subject, one thathad been labeled lewd and perverted, as Humbert, a middle-aged man, not only falls in love with a young girl, but has an ongoing relationship with her as well. While Humbert and Dolores (Lolita for short), travel across America, exploring its lush landscape, they discover more about themselves, as well as what they mean to each other. At times, it may make you doubt your own personal beliefs, which can be challenging, as Humbert Humbert is often described as simply a lonely man trying desperately to find his way among the throngs of disappointment when it comes to loving Lolita. But in sum, this classic novel is a necessary read, as it delves deep into the workings of the mind, in a poetic and comedic way, to truly discover love, especially how it can be both a catalyst for madness and for joy.
Review by Ella S.