Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov


Chosen by Jo

A middle-aged professor named Humbert Humbert falls in love with a 12-year-old girl and a relationship ensues. A complex, mixed-genre classic that continues to spur debate.

✔ “I was fully prepared to hate this book given its awful theme, however I was pleasantly surprised at how beautifully told this story really is. It’s very clever with Humbert being our unreliable narrator and Delorus or Lolita’s voice is effectively silenced – the reader needs to read between the lines to understand the true nature of their relationship which is wholly ambiguous.  A must read.” – Jo

✔ “It was Sophia who introduced me to Lolita years ago so I have her to thank for this perturbing read! The thing with Lolita though, is that it is the disturbing nature of it which makes it so grotesquely spectacular. This is a book that totally messes with your mind – and it’s worth it.” – Rachel


Published 1955
368 pages

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