**spoiler alert** Despite many attempts to put this one down, I've finally finished "Lolita". I honestly cannot say that I liked the book, but then ag...more**spoiler alert** Despite many attempts to put this one down, I've finally finished "Lolita". I honestly cannot say that I liked the book, but then again I can't say that I disliked it.
The language throughout is well crafted and the word choice is often wonderful. Overall, however, I found the narrative to be overly descriptive; the descriptive texts were, at times, unnecessary. The edition that I read (pictured above) was 309 pages in length. If it would have been trimmed to about 175 or 200, stripped of all incessant description, the story would have read very well.
I found Part 1 to be a little easier to read than Part 2, but found the action in Part 2 to be superior to Part 1. By the time I got to Humbert's chasing of Lo and her "kidnapper", I wished I would have been more interested into digging into the names left for him at the numerous motor lodges; however, I was so interested in finishing that I glossed right over them.
I did find it simultaneously interesting and disturbing the way that Humbert finds all kinds of ways to blame an event from his childhood and Lolita herself for his condition. Nowadays, we realize how constant doting on a child can lead to less than desirable results when said child reaches adulthood. Combined with the forced upon and sought out sexual element of their relationship, his doting on Dolores concurrently speeds up her maturation and stunts her development.
While I'm glad I read the book, I must say that I would only recommend it to those wishing to add fodder to their list of classics read.(less)
Another one of the books that got me into literature. The number of references to this one throughout not only literature, but also many other discipl...moreAnother one of the books that got me into literature. The number of references to this one throughout not only literature, but also many other disciplines (including leadership, sociology, etc.) is impressive.(less)
**spoiler alert** Just finished this book for the second time...my did I get much more out of it this time than when I was 17 years old!
Still continua...more**spoiler alert** Just finished this book for the second time...my did I get much more out of it this time than when I was 17 years old!
Still continually amazed at the level to which Faulkner can immerse himself into a literary character. I made the comment in a book club that his treatment of Benjy, Quentin (son), and Jason was like an actor preparing for a movie role. There was very little, if any, stylistic carry-over from one section to the next, which made the reader feel like he/she was in the head of the individual narrating that particular section.
This time, I picked up more on the racial themes as well as the struggles states like Mississippi had in the generation following the Civil War. I especially liked how the part of the Compson family that tended to side with Jason (father) - i.e. Quentin (son), Caddy, and Quentin (C's daughter) - were ultimately set free from the deteriorating family through death or relocation. Jason (son) and Caroline (i.e. the Bascomb side) were left to continue deteriorating into obscurity. Benjy was simply caught in the middle with no choice but to watch it happen.
Again, great book. I would not change the five-star rating. My only qualm with it was the jarring transition to third person narration in the Dilsey section. I wish it would have stayed in first person...I just grew too attached to the first person upon this reading. Still, though, an excellent read and re-read.(less)