As you may know, I’m currently hosting a read along for my all time favourite novel: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I’m hosting this read along on my instagram page, and if you want, you can still join!
Summary of Lolita
Humbert Humbert – scholar, aesthete and romantic – has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious word play, Lolita is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust.
I came up with the following discussion questions:
🦋 What do you think about it so far? Did you think it was more/less graphic? Did you expect it to be worse, less bad or is it what you thought it’d be?
🦋 Humbert Humbert casually mentions that he’s a “murderer” every now and then (“You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style” chapter 1). What do you think this means?
🦋 What do you think about the word “nymphet”? Do you think Dolores is really that seductive?