Why did I love this book?
Lolita isn’t usually thought of as a crime novel but it is.
Thirty-seven-year-old Humbert Humbert stalks 12-year-old Lolita, then breaks all kinds of laws, moral, ethical, and legal, as he transports her across state lines.
The first time I read Lolita, I was dazzled by Nabokov’s stunning use of language—and remember, English was not his native tongue—word-play, and his ability to create full-blooded characters that leap off the page.
Nabokov pulls off this morally compromised tale with wit and humor, while dealing with the serious topic of pedophilia.
Reading Lolita gave me license to create morally challenged characters like Francis Hoyt, one of the protagonists in my novels.
Nabokov proved you don’t have to like, admire, or even feel a kinship with a character, so long as that character is interesting and compelling enough that readers are fascinated about him or her without being turned off.