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Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Tampa (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Alissa Nutting

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Authors:Alissa Nutting
Info:Ecco (2013), Hardcover, 272 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Dirty, Tampa, Teacher student relationships, vixen

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Tampa by Alissa Nutting (2013)

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Tampa is a disgusting and vile book, which is actually a good thing when it's subject matter is middle school teacher preying on young boys to groom for her sexual desires. The author does not hold back on disgusting fantasies and thoughts running through Celeste Price mind. I think the author really did a good job on having the main character know she likes something she shouldn't and is a pervert, but doesn't really care. The book kind of falls apart halfway through. Price pretending to be interested in Buck, her student's father, in order to get more time and an excuse if she is caught there, not terribly unrealistic but pushing it. Then it goes to Price bringing another student to her ex-student's house, that does not make sense at all especially when she planned and was careful so much before. The trial part kind of redeems the book. Price pretty much gets a slap on the wrist for what she has done. Let's face it, society doesn't see women who have sex with underage boys as awful as they see men who do the same thing with young girls. It's not right, but it is how it is sadly, so the outcome of her trial made sense and what she did after it does too. ( )
  wellreadcatlady | Oct 4, 2018 |
I liked this book a lot. HOWEVER, I'm going to say it's a harder book than it seems and it's probably not worth the work for a lot of people. You definitely have to appreciate books like American Psycho, Talented Mr. Ripley, et cetera AND not be squicked out by a) an evil woman protag, and b) a sexual predator protag. And you have to like your books as dark as a Gillian Flynn book. That's a tall order so this book is OBVIOUSLY not for everyone.

That said, if you can deal with that, Celeste is a brilliantly evil character. She is 100% unredeemable but entertaining. She wishes the boys she abused had died so they weren't of legal age. She cultivates the terrible Feinlog, drugs men on the regular, plots out all the details. And of course you can see the social aspects of her nasty pathology - the terror about aging taken to a reductio ad absurdam, Celeste's paranoia and disgust at the idea of human decay and fleshiness, her hyper-awareness of her blonde white beauty being a commodity she can exploit.

I also think the copious amount of sexualization and descriptions of sex work on a meta-level. All of the coyness of say, Nabokov (compare how Nutting writes about Ford's desire for Celeste vs. Nabokov and Humbert with Charlotte, the parallels are there) or any of the Great Masters who fantasize about 14-16 year old girls becomes vulgar and horrifying. It rips away a gauzy veil of denial and again, I suspect that's why this book messes with people. "Ew, gross" we say because Celeste is gross. And child sex abuse is evil and gross, but how much of our disgust is from the vulgarity Nutting runs with instead of hinting around it?

I mean yes, you could also argue that Nutting clearly had fun allowing herself to write the nastiest, evilest character she could imagine and it being downright cartoony and that's valid. But I also think pointing out this book is in dialogue with both Nabokov and Bret Easton Ellis, who were lauded for writing about these topics, is equally valid and Tampa can be both something that feels like "chick-lit" while being a serious novel about how women writers and women characters are never allowed to be True Art when indulging in abusive sexual behavior. ( )
  jeninmotion | Sep 27, 2018 |
Rarely do I encounter a novel as unique—or as perversely taboo—as this one. Celeste Price, the narrator and protagonist of Tampa, is a beautiful, blonde, 20something eight grade English teacher who is married to an attractive, wealthy police officer. She is also a voracious pedophile who lusts after the 14-year-old boys she teaches.

It might be logical to presume that Celeste, in telling her tale, would rationalize her desires, obfuscate, make excuses, or otherwise try to justify her thoughts, feelings, and actions. That is not, however, the case. Despite all of her reprehensible flaws and immorality, Celeste is brutally, icily honest about her lust for pubescent males. She knows she’s awful, and she offers no apologies for her deviant appetites. She is, in fact, quite aware of her libido and the potential consequences—she chooses her targets with great precision and plans her seductions meticulously. She also engages in wild fits of paranoia. And she has a biting, bitter sense of humor that almost—but not quite—makes her just the least bit sympathetic. But the most flattering thing to be said of her character is that she is not an unreliable narrator. While she is quite focused on deceiving her husband, her colleagues, and her administrators about her secret desires, she is utterly frank with the reader.

And that stark honesty is just as responsible as her pedophile libido for creating the unease evoked by reading this novel. Not only does the explicit taboo of the narrative create a virtually pornographic guilt within the reader, but Celeste lures us into her confidence, thus implicating us in her immorality as well. We alone are privy to her depravity. Needless to say, this is quite an uncomfortable read.

Ultimately, Nutting’s skill as a writer (especially as the creator of such a compelling antihero) triumphs over the novel’s sometimes incredulous plot—a few unanticipated consequences conveniently propel the narrative, and the resolution is not entirely plausible. But Nutting’s style is intriguing enough to spark interest in her future efforts. ( )
  jimrgill | Jul 30, 2018 |
DNF: 61% read.

No thanks ( )
  jynxmecrazie | Jul 15, 2018 |

Con una sugestiva y original cubierta, Tampa encierra entre ellas la perversa historia de una mujer obsesionada con adolescentes. Es una sátira donde se abarca la doble moral de la sociedad de hoy en día.

La novela fue escrita por Alissa Nutting y publicada en julio del 2013. La trama está basada/inspirada en Debra Lafave, una profesora acusada de mantener relaciones sexuales con un menor en el 2005.

Tampa es un libro controversial, sin lugar a dudas; no es apto para todo público y es una obra que desencadenará opiniones. reflexiones y debates. Es una muestra de cómo la gente 'bonita' puede tener una mentalidad repugnante y cómo puede salirse con la suya usando esas cualidades a su favor.

Alissa Nutting tiene una excelente prosa, me sorprende que sea su primera novela. Maneja las metáforas con suma destreza y sazona algunas escenas con el toque justo. La novela arranca bien y siento que no pierde fuerzas en las páginas centrales.

Ahora bien, la fase determinante del desenlace fue un poco abrupto, como si la autora sintiera que se le estaba agotando el tiempo y debía ponerle fin al asunto. Puede ser tanto negativo como positivo por el hecho de que la historia se podía extender 100 páginas más y restarle al producto final. A veces es mejor lo abrupto que lo excesivo.

La novela no concluye como yo hubiese querido, pero supongo que era parte del objetivo de Nutting: demostrarnos lo corrupta que está nuestra sociedad.

Debo hablar sobre lo que he estado evitando en todos los párrafos anteriores: dije que la novela es pesada y no está apta para todos. Las escenas sexuales son fuertes. Aparte de insanas, buscan tocar alguna parte de nuestros nervios: lo sensitivo, lo repugnante. La autora exagera aquí, abundan los detalles como un dedo hurgando una herida.

Tampa es una lectura corta, tiene poco menos de 300 páginas. Una persona normal apenas pasaría la vista sobre las escenas cargadas de sexo, apenas sacando lo básico para poder avanzar la historia, ésto hizo que la lectura se me hiciese más ágil. También ayuda que está narrado en primera persona, desde la perspectiva de Celeste.
Aquí abundaré un poco: es complicado leer un libro desde el punto de vista del antagonista o villano, un personaje que odiarás y a quien desearás lo peor, pero no se puede negar que éste factor también permite la fluidez en la lectura ya que no nos detenemos en tediosas descripciones ni ángulos de personajes secundarios.

En definitiva, creo que me vi molestado más por la repulsión que le tenía a Celeste que a las escenas sexuales en sí.

Tampa no es un mal libro, es un admirable esfuerzo de la autora, aparte de atrevido y audaz, de destacar una problemática que se arrastra de años atrás. Estamos en pleno 2014 y todavía se lucha para una igualdad de sexos, estamos ante una sociedad que presume de aplicar justicia ciega cuando sabemos que no es así y un sinnúmero de cosas más que nos ponen la cara avinagrada.

Alissa Nutting tiene mucho talento y esperaré por su próximo libro, espero que se desligue un poco de esta temática para no sentir luego que está desperdiciando el talento solo para escribir sobre temas controversiales y llenarse los bolsillos de los gritos y demandas del público que decide seguirla. ( )
  JorgeLC | Apr 28, 2018 |
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In this novel, "Celeste Price, a smoldering 26-year-old middle-school teacher in Florida, unrepentantly recounts her elaborate and sociopathically determined seduction of a 14-year-old student. Celeste has chosen and lured the charmingly modest Jack Patrick into her web. Jack is enthralled and in awe of his eighth-grade teacher, and, most importantly, willing to accept Celeste's terms for a secret relationship--car rides after dark, rendezvous at Jack's house while his single father works the late shift, and body-slamming erotic encounters in Celeste's empty classroom. In slaking her sexual thirst, Celeste Price is remorseless and deviously free of hesitation, a monstress of pure motivation. She deceives everyone, is close to no one, and cares little for anything but her pleasure. Tampa is a sexually explicit, virtuosically satirical, American Psycho-esque rendering of a monstrously misplaced but undeterrable desire. Laced with black humor and crackling sexualized prose, Alissa Nutting's Tampa is a grand, seriocomic examination of the want behind student / teacher affairs and a scorching literary debut."--… (more)

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