Lolita is one of my favorite novels. Ever. I first read this, for pleasure, while in college during a Christmas break. I was drawn to the book for the scandalous elements, but I fell in love with the novel due to the nonpareil beauty of the language and storytelling. Vladimir Nabokov is truly a gem of a writer and I hope to one day totally consume all of his work.
The quote that I am sharing today is at the opening of the book and the perfect example of everything that I love about this book. I love this quote so much that I even gave a toast to it in my college speech seminar. Yup, I’m that dorky. So, without further ado, please fall in love with the language….
Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.
She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.