Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita
is one of the best-known novels of the 20th century: the controversial story of Humbert Humbert who falls in love with twelve year old Lolita
, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range.
, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of my tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.'
Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, frustrated college professor. In love with his landlady's twelve-year-old daughter Lolita
, he'll do anything to possess her. Unable and unwilling to stop himself, he is prepared to commit any crime to get what he wants.
Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these? A masterpiece. One of the great works of art of our age * Independent * There's no funnier monster in modern literature than poor, doomed Humbert Humbert. Going to hell in his company would always be worth the ride * Independent * A great novel . . . It widens our own humanity * Guardian * You read Lolita
sprawling limply in your chair, ravished, overcome, nodding scandalized assent -- Martin Amis * Observer * Nabokov's command of words, his joy in them, his comic and ecstatic use of them, makes reading his work such an intense joy * Daily Telegraph * Lolita
is more the shocking because it is both intensely lyrical and wildly funny ... a Medusa's head with trick paper snakes * Time *