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Diary of a Solipsist,
This review is from: Lolita (Paperback)Lolita is easily one of the most ferociously eloquent, violently humorous, and tragically beautiful novels i have ever read. This book is more than anything, psychological, and I do not think readers should judge it based on the story's setting.
I understand that some people read Lolita and see a story of a child molester and murderer who is arrogant and banters too much throughout the novel about scenic backdrops...
Others might consider it a "love story"...which is interesting considering he talks more highly of Lolita's socks then her character...
But I consider it a story about a man who is a blind victim of his obsessive tendencies, a complete and utter solipsist who, only on the last few pages, begins to have a human face. Humbert is hypercritical of the world around him, and only rarely turns the mirror inward -- and probably just to add humbleness to his list of quality characteristics. He is interested in possessing lolita, not co-existing with her...and only in the last few pages does he actually express remorse for enslaving her all of those years. Only in the last few pages does Humbert actually showcase a microbe of compassion...his hero's journey.
Highly recommended, imaginative read.
This book is absolutely timeless.