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Although I’ve been knee deep in books for the last few weeks (for school and work, not for fun), sometimes the last thing I want to think about are books, but the show must go on :)
The first book I’ll talk about is the super controversial but oh so good, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. In which the reader goes into the mind of the perverted Humbert Humbert lusting over the young teen daughter of his host. He conspires some strange schemes to make her his, even becoming her stepfather. While the story rather frightening itself, the highlights of this book are the beautiful words Nabokov uses to express Huberts’ most inner thoughts. You read it, and fall in love with the story because it is written so wonderfully, but feel a little ashamed for enjoying it because it’s about pedophilia. It mirrors how Humbert Humbert feels. Little Lolita is portrayed as his nymphette scheming her own things too. Hate it or love it, you cannot deny how this book is one of the best written novels of the last 100 years.
And my next book is a non-fiction title that a friend told me to read back in my early college days. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat by Oliver Sacks follows the stories of many people who through neurological disorders, have strange things going on in their heads that would make them atypical to what we could deem “normal.” People with phantom limbs, extraordinary counting, hallucinations – and perhaps the steps attempted to make them “normal” again. A must read for those interested in our humanity and its quirks. If you liked Freakonomics, I would recommend this book too.
What I’m looking forward to now that school is out for the summer for me, is reading for pleasure again (reading for school just isn’t that much fun). There are a few books on my list that I want to read before the Fall semester starts again and I wont get a chance to read. Are there any books on your summer reading list?