Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)

Lolita is a controversial novel by Vladimir Nabokov that tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged man who becomes infatuated with a 12-year-old girl named Dolores Haze, whom he nicknames Lolita. The book explores Humbert’s disturbing obsession and the tragic consequences that follow as their relationship unfolds.

Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Year of publication: 1955
Pages: 331





Plot Complexity: moderate
Language Complexity: moderate
Ideas Complexity: high

In Lolita Vladimir Nabokov’s masterful prose showcases a remarkable command of the English language, employing intricate wordplay, vivid descriptions, and subtle nuances to create a captivating reading experience. The ideas explored in the novel are complex and thought-provoking, delving into themes of obsession, morality, and the dark complexities of human nature. The plot, with its layered narrative and nonlinear structure, is meticulously crafted, drawing readers into the disturbing yet mesmerizing story of Humbert Humbert and his illicit relationship with Lolita.



Humbert Humbert – scholar, aesthete and romantic – has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious word play, Lolita is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust.


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