Lolita book review
by: Vladimir Nabokov
1955, 366 pp.
There's no denying that Nabokov is a great writer. In fact, I'd love to read more by him -- just on a different subject. I had a hard time rating this book as the subject matter is so despicable, but settled on 3 stars because of Nabokov's writing ability. A large part of the rating also goes to the excellence in Jeremy Irons' narration. I absolutely love his voice, but then again, he was almost too good as the narrator for Humbert Humbert. I have not seen the movie with Irons in the starring role.
I won't repeat the storyline here, as everyone should know the basic outline of it. My question is, why did Nabokov even feel the need to write this story? I've heard one reviewer say that Nabokov makes us root for Humbert Humbert over Lolita. Not so. Not with me, anyway. A great writer Nabokov is. A great character Humbert Humbert is not.