Chilling with Lolita

This week I’ve started a new job and a new semester. The timing couldn’t be worse. Along with learning about contracts, I am learning about other cultures and how they view ours based on how we view and shape theirs. In the class we are learning that reality is often subjective.

Speaking of subjective, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is one classic I just don’t get. Why is this book a classic? The protagonist, Humbert Humbert, does not seem to have a firm grip on reality and his crimes are unforgivable. In short he is a creep who is driven to share his story as if his confessions will lead to understanding and forgiveness .

Over and over again he tries to manipulate the reader. Humbert wants readers to understand why he breaks social taboos. He wants us to view sexual norms subjectively like he does. When that seems to fail, he tries to win support by “admitting” his crimes. Never have I liked a character less, never have I wanted to take a shower after reading a classic.

I leave it Professor Sweet to explain the deeper meaning of this subjective novel. Let me know what you think.

Author: sarij

I'm a writer, lifelong bibliophile ,and researcher. I hold a Bachelors in Humanities & History and a Master's in Humanities. When I'm not reading or talking about Shakespeare or history, you can usually find me in the garden discussing science or politics with my cat.

2 thoughts on “Chilling with Lolita”

  1. Well obviously, Hollywood is sold. They keep making movies about it, but has anyone noticed this is about pedophilia?

    I dunno, I never think that’s cool.

    I’ve tried to stomach the movies, but I can never get past the creep factor. It’s creepy period. And I doubt I would be taking his side. But I love this guy (video) and I like what you’re presently learning in school.

    Good luck in the new semester and with the new job!


  2. I’ve never tried to watch a movie based on the book. Read it in high school and could not get passed the ick factor. Hollywood only makes it worse by trying to make the story sexy.


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