Also, while reading Lolita I was reminded of that article we read that discussed how authors could make their works wonderful but adding alliteration and assonance and such. At the time of reading that article I thought that was a bunch of crap, mainly because literary devices like that often make a work seem silly or unrealistic. Lolita is the first thing I have read that is absolutely beautiful and doesn't sound phony. For example, the very first paragraph is full of alliteration:
"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta."
I also really enjoy how he refers to the gun as "chum" and all the clever plays-on-words that he uses with names and places.
Nabokov is simply a genius.