Lo-li-ta, the Book of Fire

03 April 2014

Vladimir Nabokov Lolita

Lolita is a father’s sin. ­­­­Vladmir Nobakov’s undisputedly spectacular novel has been on every reader’s treasure trove. What is it about? Mostly, human nature. Human nature that can erode and corrode lives, destinies and hearts. Prone to life’s most delectable forces, man is vulnerable. He can do nothing about what he can do nothing. An irregular man, a haunted father with a past, quite not ready to be one and a daughter, frisky and enigmatic, an adult and a child. Their stories mesh into a volatile tale, a tale that can run for years and decades, unable to stop itself, unable to stem the flow.

Lolita is a deep insight into the human condition, a disease that most people carry, an unfathomable need for love. Now, love is a strange thing. It can misinterpret, misunderstand and act misleadingly and it does, more often than not. This book talks about that hungry tide, that adamant music which turns into a cacophony. Can one play his part and not fumble? How to not take the road that should not have been taken? Protagonist Humbert Humbert reaches deep into the recesses of his darkness and takes out the blackest coal tar. Read with caution, read ferociously.

Interested? Read Lolita here

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