June + July Book of the Month: Lolita
To continue on our theme of Patron Saint books of The Opal Club: our June book of the month is Lolita.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov is a story about Humbert Humbert, a literature professor in his late thirties, obsessed with a twelve-year-old Dolores Haze.
There is no better month to read Lolita than June - the hot, languorous summer days captured by Nabokov bleed into your own, the longer stretches of sun lend themselves to rolling around in bed reading with the light, Humbert’s enchanting unreliable narration seducing you into wicked compliance.
Over the past ten years or so, Lolita has been romanticized in the media by those who were clearly not smart enough understand the point of the book (no tea, no shade, just lemonade), the danger within the book, the reason for Nabokov writing it the way he did. Lana Del Rey especially seems to have brought the book into mega stardom for the Gen Z generation by putting a rosy vintage Tumblr filter over the rape of a 12-year-old girl. Talk about being uninformed…
The whole Lana mmm daddy spank me while I eat this lollipop vibe is not why we’re reading it. I fully understand that our audience is not only ridiculously smart, but informed on why we choose the books we choose for our books of the month.
Not to brag (but to brag), but I spent 4 years of my life reading + researching this book (Nabokov overall, but my thesis papers were based on Lolita) and have dissected to atoms (which Nabokov would have hated, but hey, whatever, i’m a grumpy Russian refugee too). I’m excited to be publishing one of my thesis papers (made reader-friendly) on Lolita here this month. It is about the theme of duality in Lolita. Stay tuned!
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