Humbert Humbert, middle-aged, educated and an elitist has a taboo obsession with “nymphets”. Young girls from roughly 9 to 14 with a certain quality. He finds the perfect Lolita in Delores Haze, 12, and marries her mother first to be close to her. When the mother dies, Humbert achieves his goal of consuming Lolita-even knowing that he can never truly have her except in body.
This novel can be viewed as funny, tragic or both. While the language is very poetic, it is still a fairly quick read. No one but Humbert has a voice. Subject matter shocks many, but the novel is designed to. Nabokov addresses any complete desire or urge that humans have that must be achieved with no regard for anyone who may get in the way.