The plot of Tampa, a debut novel by Alissa Nutting, is simple: Celeste Price – 26 years old, married, affluent, gorgeous – has just been hired as. Alissa Nutting’s publisher has borrowed from the same playbook to promote her first novel, “Tampa”: a black cover with bold red letters. A novel based on the true story of a teacher seducing a schoolboy has less to it than meets the eye, argues Duncan White.

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Books of the Week. Uncomfortable but readable is my final feeling on the book. Because Buck gives her a key, Celeste visits Jack more frequently.

After that, there is a fair-sized collection of classic fiction, most of it read for vanity when I was younger. It’s a very thought-provoking book.

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You forgot your password and you need to retrieve it. And wlissa what makes Tampa such an interesting and captivating read. Tampa lives and dies on its outrageousness. Pity, or sympathy, or just a basic understanding maybe? We get all the mechanics of teacher-student sex spelled out very clearly.

View all 69 comments. Based on how strongly written and disturbingly hilarious this novel can be in its finer moments, it is able to move beyond cheap comparison into a realm all its own.

What do I care if she gets imprisoned or gets away or gets run over by a bus? This page was last edited on 15 Octoberat She is a sexual predator and is entirely fixated on fourteen-year-old boys. Isn’t Celeste just giving the boys what they want? Afterwards, she is unable to say goodbye to him or explain what happened. There are 3 possible reasons you were unable to login and get access our premium online pages. View all 14 comments. I’m not going to get into the logistics of this, nor will I argue this in the comments section.


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As unpleasant as it is to read, I feel the lewd, lascivious tone is warranted. This story nutitng shock and disturb many readers – at the same time the author does an excellent job exploring, examining, and describing how a victim is groomed — and –things to watch out for so that sexual abuse is not developing.

She got off with probation. She grabs a knife and runs outside after him, naked and covered in Boyd’s blood. So I’m glad I read it, though I might wish I could forget it. The two embark in painful, unsatisfying anal sex. Does she want to make the world more aware of such perverts lurking just around aalissa corner and hence be more vigilant and keep our children safe?

Price is every bit as terrifying as Hannibal Lecter. Celeste PriceJack Patrick. Tampa is heavily guilty on both counts, but is an example of why people shouldn’t discount a novel because of a low nuttihg rating, assuming that this is reflective of terrible writing.

That’s what happens in this book though. It was like going under anesthesia—once I was inside it, I felt like I had to make the most of it because it was so difficult to go in and out.

Everything in Celeste’s universe revolves around her desire to be with year-old kids and it’s jutting in the beginning but once you get used to the idea, you can predict her every reaction. You go into the mind of a pedophile. I have no problem with the idea of a female pedophile who has lots and lots of gratuitous sex with teenage boys.

What this book does, above everything else, is make us question the gendered view we have of sexual relationships. Such is the power of physical beauty in this often garbage world.


Frankly, it’s borderline disturbing. The story is about eighth-grade teacher, Celeste Price, who on the outside appears to be everything anyone would want to nuttjng I expected it to a point, but the theoretical backlash I imagined felt far more digestible to me than the real thing when it actually happened. Celeste too believes she is too pretty for prison. She asks for his burner phone and to move Buck’s car so she can move hers out of the garage.

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

The plot, however, is a sexuallized reverse Lolita, I guess. It is not really interested in understanding the psychology of a woman like Aliswa, but rather seeks to explore the underlying double standards and hypocrisies exposed by the case and the way it was treated in the wider culture.

She barely teaches her classes, constantly turning to fantasies and hoping the students will start talking about sex to liven up her day. It felt like this tampq secret I always had to run rampa to attend to, like I had several people locked up in my basement depending on me to bring them sustenance.

With crackling, rampantly unadulterated prose, Tampa is a grand, uncompromising, seriocomic examination of want and a scorching literary debut. Jack voices how threatened he feels by Buck’s interest in Celeste, which she finds humorous. So why did I enjoy “Tampa”?

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