I finished reading Lolita within a week and I’ve compiled my thoughts into a review. Tell me what you thought in the comments!
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I think a lot of people don’t pick up on the references to HH’s declining mental health and the evidence there is that his narration is extremely unreliable. Even at the beginning there is a reference to someone he “didn’t kill” – which makes me suspicious that he did in fact kill at least once – and the later chapters go over events with Lolita that feel very confessional: things he didn’t want to admit. The entire book is also written to be read after his and Lolita’s death. HH is manipulative about everything and this reach extends beyond his death. From his narration he doesn’t seem to understand the trauma he has inflicted upon Lolita but we don’t know what he actually feels because he presents a select part of himself for the reader. We don’t have unlimited access to his mind.
In terms of plot, my only slight issue was how much the last couple of chapters dragged – but I understand why this choice was made. We get to see HH revisit his time with Lolita and some of the things he discusses makes the reader rethink his characterisation yet again. I certainly really began to realise that this character was controlling everything and his narration wasn’t supposed to be reliable in any way. I absolutely adored the poetical style of writing which was strange began I was disturbed by the actual content; I can see why a lot of readers are so split and either absolutely love it or absolutely hate it.
Overall, I’m giving Lolita a full 5* rating.
Have you read Lolita? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!