317 pages, 1989
When author Vladimir Nabokov released his controversial novel “Lolita” in 1955, readers were shocked by the story of Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Humbert is a European who has come to America in order to make money. He is a writer and scholar who has been forced to give up teaching after he was caught seducing one of his college students. Readers are drawn into his story as if it were unfolding before their very eyes.
They also see Humbert's reflection in Lolita as she grows up from a young girl into a teenager and eventually goes off to college. Lolita is an exploration of love--more specifically, it's an exploration of love as an outrageous force that can cause a person to hallucinate and become mentally ill if he or she does not quarantine it.