Here marks a departure from my normal book reviews. Not just because I hated this book, because I did, but because book reviews smack too much of work. So, here’s a quick one, just to document that I read the thing, disgusting though it was.
Everyone knows the subject matter of this book. An older man, (I’m assuming he was 40 to 50-ish), falls in love with a young girl, or as he prefers to call her, his Lolita, his little “nymphet.” Humbert Humbert (HH) referred to all young attractive girls as nymphets. By young, I mean 9 to 13, any girl much older than that and he just wasn’t interested. That ought to have been enough, and should have prevented me from reading the tale in its entirety, but onward I read. The book was not graphic by any stretch, not one curse word, no vulgar descriptions, although it was obvious what was going on. I think the only reason I kept on reading is because I wanted to see how HH finally hung himself, meaning, I so wanted the sick bastard to get caught.
Written from the viewpoint of HH himself, the book focused primarily on his mental make-up, how he was unable to control his thoughts and feelings. Nothing from the viewpoint of the girl. To the author’s credit, he did make HH cognizant that his behavior was sick and deviant. HH couldn’t stop himself, so we are supposed to sympathize? No sympathy here, except for Lolita, who he ruined in his sick quest for love.
Although the author was a gifted writer, the subject matter is too controversial and detestable to me. I don’t know why I read it, would never read it again, and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else! Enough said about that one.
Now, I’m shipping it off. I joined the Paperback Swap book club last year. I just got a message that some other poor sucker wants to read Lolita. Paperback Swap is cool. It’s an online book swapping club (I know, you never would have guessed …). Literally millions of books on this site. I have received numerous books, and have mailed many books to others. That’s the only cost for books – the postage to mail your own to someone else! Yes, they’re used books, but you just need to get on the recycling bandwagon. Most of the books I have received look brand new.
Check it out … www.paperbackswap.com. If you like, and want to join, drop me a line. I can send you something that gives me a book credit for recommending a new member. Not that I need it, as I now have so many books I’ll never finish reading them, but what the heck!