Lolita is a highly amusing tongue in cheek story of Humbert Humbert an English professor, who inconveniently still idolises his first childhood sweet heart, despite his pressing adult age.
It is surprisingly hard to dislike the hopeless villainous character of Humbert despite his twisted intentions to bring little Lolita into his clutches, as he becomes as much of a victim of his intellect and schemes as Lolita and her mother turn out to be.
The book beautifully captures the moods and tantrums of adolescence, whilst illustrating the extremes of human hopelessness when being at the mercy of our emotions and instinctive impulses.
The characters are so intricately crafted that it is possible to visualise Lolita’s every sullen expression and stomp of her heel, and to feel Humbert’s heart beat quicken at the height of his desperation.
The reader experiences in the torment of both Lolita and Humbert on this journey of self actualisation and possession as the story interchanges from comedy to romance to detective with such masterful descriptions and command of language that each page is a pleasure to read.