It Can’t be Unread

By Vladimir Nabokov
France (Russian-American Author), 1955 
Postmodern, Tragedy

Main Attractions

1. Still creepy.
2. Reads like psychological thriller and horror
3. Very memorable characters and plot line.
4. Insightful treatment of the characters.
5. Chilling descriptions, vivid and disturbing.
6. The villain is convinced he’s infatuated.
7. Lolita often shifts her opinion of the villain.
8. Setting is 1950s USA, still relevant today.
9. Is it a cautionary tale or a validation tool by perps?
10. It can raise a lot of discussion.

Cuisine & Delicacies

Ranked as: Ghost Pepper BBQ Ribs
Lolita is told from the villain’s point of view.  So the reader is able to see the world from his eyes.  This means, the reader can be in the mind of a pedophile.  It’s a very unnerving experience that’s very difficult to grapple with afterwards.  The result is laying on the kitchen floor or hiding under the sofa for days like a rabid animal.  It’s very graphic and littered with so many descriptions that it’s impossible to skip over them all.  Psychological horror to the extreme.

Travel Advisory:

One of the most disturbing books I’ve read.  Disturbing because it happens all the time, all over the world.  Disturbing because Nabokov’s descriptions are so real sounding, they are cringeworthy.  

For years after reading, this book hasn’t sat well with me.  It still disturbs me.  I’m glad to have read it because I’m more able to discuss these issues which are too often considered taboo.  Their taboo status allows it to fester and perpetuate unnoticed.

Packing List

✓ Travel Map of the USA
✓ One of the movie adaptations 
    Sense of determination and built up strong guts

Recommended Resources:

Alternate Books
✓ Go Ask Alice (1971) By Beatrice Sparks - This main character could easily be Lolita immediately after Nabokov’s book ends. Also a psychological horror.
✓ In Search of April Raintree (1983) By Beatrice Culleton - Very realistic journey of Metis sisters in the foster care system, also a taboo topic with very real problems.
✓ Understanding Child Molesters: Taking Charge (1997) By Eric Legerg -  A non-fiction, what can we do about this problem approach.
Film adaptations 
✓ 1962 Directed by Stanley Kubrick
✓ 1997 Directed by Adrian Lyne