“Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov, is a novel that had me surprised, the whole time I was reading it. its a shock for me to learn that this book was an “monumental success” as described on the first page within the book. honestly, during my first pages of reading I wanted to stop reading, it seems so wrong. why? because it was very controversial for me, where the narrator seems interested in young children “girl-children” as he would say.
The book was challenging to read, but time had past and I started to pick up a little. while reading I realize that there are a lot of word I wasn’t familiar with, but luckily I had my dictionary along side me. though written in 1955, I would say, that I believe “Lolita” was way ahead of its time period. the way how words where structure, and being placed, though it was some time hard to keep track. Most of the time I would go back and re-read a page, and try to make sense out of it.
I would describe the narrator’s actions as those of a pedophiles’. on page 20 ,second paragraph, he stated “how marvelous were my fancied adventures as I sat on a hard park bench pretending to be immersed in a trembling book”. in this setting, he was getting pleasure through only watching the pre-adolescent girls within the park. reading this made me feel some-what uneasy. I understand nymphets are his preference but the idea of the approach is wrong in my opinion.