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I have a lot of complicated feelings about this book, which I take to be Nutting’s intention and I think there’s definitely a conversation to be had about sex crimes and the way the law is applied unevenly depending on the perpetrator’s gender, but I’m alisxa sure that this particular book comes anywhere near being a spark to incite that particular conversation. I think this book nutring intended to shock it’s reader and paint a picture of the kind of sex offender that everyone believes commits these ki.
I think this book was intended to shock it’s reader and paint a picture of the kind of sex offender that everyone believes commits lezionf kind of acts. Celeste is pure, unfeeling lrzione. She lacks even basic regard for the humanity of not only her victims, but the people around her. And I think that is the kind of person we hope sex offenders are. We do not want them to be human, we do not want them to be redeemable, we do not want them to be capable of rehabilitation.
We want them to be locked away and caged like lexione animals we believe them to be. Those kind of offenders make us feel better and that is the kind of offender Nutting has drawn. It’s intensely boring, frankly, and even the explicit language and description she wields lose their power quickly. Like, mid-first chapter quickly. I feel like a lot of the positive critique I’ve seen of this book has given it far more credit as a sophisticated social critique than nuttinh due.
Celeste is a caricature, not a character, and that’s sometimes okay in a satire, but I see nothing in Tampa to suggest that is what it’s trying to be. It is, at a very generous best, a conversation starter.
At worst, it’s a waste of an obviously skilled writer’s laa. I feel like I just read the female pedophiliac American Psycho except with less nuance, a feat I’d never before imagined possible. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Nutfing. Preview — Tampa by Alissa Nutting. Tampa by Alissa Nutting Goodreads Author. Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She drives a red Corvette. Her husband, Ford, is rich, square-jawed and devoted to her.
But Celeste has a secret. She has a singular sexual obsession – fourteen-year-old boys. It is a craving she pursues with sociopathic meticulousness and aliwsa.
Within weeks of her first term at a Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. Within weeks of her first term at a new school, Celeste has lured the charmingly modest Jack Patrick into her web – car rides after dark, rendezvous at Jack’s house while his single father works the lwzione shift, and body-slamming encounters in Celeste’s empty classroom between periods.
Celeste must constantly confront the forces threatening their affair – the perpetual risk of exposure, Jack’s father’s own attraction to her, and the ticking clock as Jack leaves innocent boyhood behind. But the insatiable Celeste is remorseless. She deceives everyone, is close to no one and cares little for anything but her pleasure.
With crackling, stampeding, rampantly sexualized prose, Tampa is a grand, satirical, serio-comic examination of desire and a scorching literary debut. Paperbackpages. Celeste PriceJack Patrick. Tampa, Florida United States. To see slissa your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Tampaplease sign up.
Is anyone else having a hard time reading Tampa? I read Nolita and it never felt as icky as this novel. I constantly have to put it down for long periods of time to recover from the graphic sexual details of the main characters desire for teenage boys.
Never worry about what others will think of you for reading it Wanting to know about the damage it did, the fallout it created or the size of the death toll, doesn’t make you some kind of voyeur.
Nor does it make you someone who is likely to go out and create a bomb yourself for the sole purpose of hurting people. You can examine a lezikne issue, with or without uncomfortable prose, without it being something you feel affiliated with. These books are always going to raise hackles because of the illegality and taboo nature of the topic, but it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t exist and we shouldn’t be curious about it.
The actual number of female sex offenders out there is way higher than most people are aware of. Female child sex offenders may be more likely to assault female children, but this issue of young, bored, female teachers, in positions of power, specifically choosing jobs where they can exercise their predatory nature and seek out new victims, happens ALL the time.
It doesn’t get reported as often as adult males abusing underage girls, because a lot of male victims are too ashamed to admit aalissa they were at aissa hurt, upset or confused by the whole experience. On top of that female sex offenders receive hugely different sentences, when they get sent down. Their sentences are half that of a man in for a similar crime. Women are still viewed as the fairer sex by the judicial system, which unfairly meters out greater punishments to men all across the board; for all crimes.
We’re more inclined to look for reasons why a woman, who is expected to possess maternal instincts and be of a nurturing nature, would end up becoming a child sex offender.
It’s an uncomfortable thing for many people to have to try and think about. You know it’s a story, so in this nuttign nobody actually got hurt. You can learn a bit about what elements need to come together in order for the perfect storm of means, motive, opportunity and desire to take place. And if by chance the book is ever written in such a way as to make you actually enjoy reading some parts of it, then don’t feel guilty, dirty or bad.
Some aspects of humanity ARE disturbing, but it’s much more comforting to feel as though we aliasa a slight insight into how these people operate, having used fictional examples of well drawn characters, by talented authors, who have played out various scenarios and helped us to understand them so much better. What does this add to the basic Lolita story? Richard Smith Do you think it was the author’s intention to “add to the basic Lolita story”?
Is a book about vampires expected to add to Stoker’s …more Do you think it was the author’s intention to “add to the basic Lolita story”? Is a book about vampires expected to add to Stoker’s Dracula? Is a book about censorship expected to add to Bradbury’s Fahrenheit ? Can a new work that explores an old subject not stand, or fall, on its own merit? I’m curious to know your answer.
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See all 7 questions about Tampa…. Lists with This Book. It mostly consists of lots of disturbing sex scenes lezioone a minor designed to shock readers, and a bland, alissaa and underdeveloped main character s.
View all 5 comments. What a shit show! There are very few books out there that I actually capital h hate. To be precise, I can think of six. American Psycho what a snooze-fest; I don’t give a shit about what he’s wearing or eating or whatever the fuck else Ellis went on and on aboutThe Silver Linings Playbook seriously, I want to know who the author slept with to get this thing publishedBad Marie, Allssa Moon, My French Whore and this here.
Let me just say first that I have absolutely no problem with gratuitous What a shit show!
Let me just say first that I have absolutely no problem with gratuitous sex. I have no problem with the idea of a female pedophile who has lots and lots of gratuitous sex with teenage boys. But I have a big big problem with writing that straight up sucks. However, here’s a confession: This is not a guilty one-star rating.
The story there actually was a bit of story interspersed with the sexy-time just seemed so contrived. And when she wasn’t having lewd rendezvous with 14 year old boys, I was bored.
Boring, to me, is the kiss of death.
I had high hopes for Alissa Nutting’s first novel. Instead, what I got was amateurish, banal masturbatory fodder. Not that there’s anything wrong with masturbatory fodder – I just like my intellect to be tittilated too!
View all 14 comments. There is sometimes a very fine line between transgressive lit and plain gross pulp. To me, Tampa crossed into the realm of tasteless and artless masturbatory garbage.
Read What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal instead. View all 3 comments. I am no pearl clutcher but damn This book is vile; I felt like shock was the only tool in the author’s lfzione and she wielded it like a hammer. My brain was the nail. View all 4 comments.