I've been a book lover all my life, but it wasn't until Lolita that I fully began to realize and appreciate the art of literature. Nabokov's style of writing will grip your heart mercilessly and refuse to let go - to the point where you'll empathize wholeheartedly with its twisted and tortured narrator. Forget the controversy that surrounds it. From the first paragraph to the last page, Lolita is a heartwrenching masterpiece.
—Recommended by Anah, City Lights Books
One of the most well-crafted books I've ever read. Not one word in this masterpiece is not as it should be. My advice is to read it in big pieces, as it will take you into a world of Nabokov's making. The images and characters will stay with you. —Recommended by Maia, City Lights Books
Awe and exhiliration—along with heartbreak and mordant wit—abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love—love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.