”It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.’

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

Happy Birthday to Vladimir Nabokov, one of my literary heroes with whom I am privileged to share a birthday. It took me years to read Lolita considering the controversial premise of the novel but when I read it the first time, I was so mesmerised by the beauty of the prose that I carried the book around everywhere, unwilling to part from it.

I read somewhere that Nabokov crafted the narrative structure to match the theme of his novels. Lolita was about seduction, and if his idea had been convey this to the reader, then I am among the many readers whom he had on the very first page.