Once you get past the fact that Humbert Humbert basically married a woman so he could be with her underage daughter, Lolita is really a good book. It's a love letter that Nabokov wrote to America. As only a peculiar Russian could write. I spent a summer reading Nabokov and fell in love with his use of language.
However, I'm not certain I fully appreciated his use of language until one summer when the hubby and I listened to Lolita read by Jeremy Irons while we went back and forth from NYC to Pennsylvania. As unsettling as some passages are, the book really shines when read aloud. I think because we were driving through America the passage of Humbert Humbert and Lolita driving around rang true. To this day, when I see a non chain motel on the side of the road, I think of the book. Which may or may not be a good thing.
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