Monday, May 5, 2014
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
I attempted to read this once before in text format, but stopped about a quarter of the way through because I couldn't get past the distracting unreliable narrative. In audio format, it felt more like stream-of-consciousness, making it much easier for me to follow.
Throughout the book, Humbert attempts to justify his horrific behavior to the reader by saying he was taking care of Dolores, putting her best interest in mind, and did his best to provide for her in every way he wanted. However, as the story continues, Humbert stops justifying and begins to explaining. Until finally, even he admits to himself that what he has done to his step-daughter has ruined her life in many ways.
I didn't enjoy reading this, but I can at least put it on the list of classics I've read.