“Five Favorites” is a new feature at the LA Books Examiner in which our favorite authors share and discuss their five favorite books within a category. Up first is Gint Aras, author of Finding the Moon in Sugar.
Humbert is a genius poet, one who concocts all sorts of lies, some of them apparent to the reader, but others not so much. The language of this novel is that of a master stylist, one whose lyrical prose floods the book with allusions to more works than most people will ever have the time to read. Also extraordinary is the way the book folds in on itself, forcing the reader to go back to the beginning to pinpoint what happens at the end. It adds up to a tragedy of ruined youth in a novel that invites–even convinces–readers to identify with a pedophile.