Originally Posted by Synamon
I'm about 40% in and yes the author is painting a detailed picture of Humbert's particular perversion, but I honestly don't get the reaction people have to this book. Hannibal ate body parts of his victims and no one freaks out when people read The Silence of the Lambs. We happily read extremely violent books, books from a serial killer's perspective, biographies of monsters like Hitler or Stalin, etc. and don't blink an eye, but if the topic is sex everyone gets squeamish. Damn those Puritans.
I did have those same thoughts going through my mind as I read it. I enjoy serial killer thrillers, and often you find yourself inside the mind of the killer, and get an understanding of their twisted logic that almost makes what they do seem reasonable in a screwed up world. However, there is still something just beyond the pale about the subject matter of Lolita that makes me feel uncomfortable.