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Tampa [Format Kindle]

Alissa Nutting
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Revue de presse

“...A highly diverting read...Ms. Nutting lands it.” (—New York Times)

“Impeccably written, full of smart cultural observations, and no small amount of wit...A very bold book.” (—Daily Beast)

“The writing is often excellent, hilariously dark, and mean…Reading about [Celeste] was honestly disturbing and fun.” (—Entertainment Weekly)

It’s as riveting as it is disturbing.” (—'s Vulture)

“Completely entertaining.” (—Salon)

“In this sly and salacious work, Nutting forces us to take a long, unflinching look at a deeply disturbed mind, and more significantly, at society’s often troubling relationship with female beauty.” (—San Francisco Chronicle)

“A work of serious ambition, both literary and moral. It’s also laced with dark, sometimes savage humor and juicy riffs on consumer culture and its twin obsessions, youth and beauty.” (—Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“Tampa is one of the most shocking books I have read; it’s also one of the most mesmerizing and surprising. Alissa Nutting has written a stunning, brutal book.” (—Shelf Awareness)

“A deliriously enjoyable, absolutely shocking book—a morality tale that tempts and taunts readers to succumb to every kind of immorality.” (—BOMB)

“Gutsy.” (—TIME)

“Smart and biting.” (—New York Journal of Books)

“A brilliant commentary on sex and society.” (—Cosmopolitan)

“Tampa takes on a very serious and disturbing subject with such flair and dark humor and bawdy sexual energy that Nutting is sure to become a member in the small club of authors who turns risky writing into high art.” (—Tin House)

“Bold and fascinatingly transgressive…Tampa may be the new American Psycho.” (—MSN Entertainment)

“TAMPA is one of the most shocking books I have read; it’s also one of the most mesmerizing and surprising. I expected to be disturbed, even appalled; what I did not expect in this story of a female teacher fixated on 14-year-old boys was lyricism and black humor.” (Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She is attractive. 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 forethought.

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 late shift, and body-slamming encounters in Celeste's empty classroom between periods. It is bliss.

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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 414 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 277 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0062280546
  • Editeur : Faber & Faber Fiction (4 juillet 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Provocateur ou courageux ? 7 septembre 2013
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J'ai choisi cette note "entre-deux" parce que le sujet était courageux et a attiré ma curiosité mais au fil des pages mon intérêt est allé décroissant et je ne suis pas parvenue là en terminer la lecture.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Erreur 16 août 2014
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Édition américaine je me suis trompé je le croyais en français domage
Je ferais plus attention la prochaine fois
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Into the Mind of a Female Sexual Psychopath 2 juillet 2013
Par Miss Bonnie - Publié sur
'The rage of lust was like an IV drip in my veins; I felt it beginning to spread inside me with the helpless awareness of someone realizing she's been slipped a drug.'

Celeste has the intensity of a psychopath or even a serial killer when it comes to her sexual obsessions. The desperation in doing whatever it takes to satisfy her need was disturbing to say the least. Her complete disregard for how her actions would affect others in her life was unsettling. Celeste is hands down one of the most warped characters in literature I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Comparisons to Lolita cannot be helped (although it could also be compared to Belinda by Anne Rampling, one of Anne Rice's lesser known novels written under a pseudonym), despite the fact it's actually quite different it still manages to touch upon the same subject. Unlike Lolita, this is not a retelling of events or even a confession but a first person accounting of the main characters sexual forays. But be warned, Celeste makes Humbert Humbert look tame in comparison. Nabokov wrote a truly lyrical story that managed to win over many readers despite Humbert's wrongs; he became one to be pitied. Nutting has done the opposite with her character Celeste and does not ever intend for you to pity her or feel sorry for her affliction. She's extremely lewd and vulgar and the pages reek with indecency and she's not ashamed to admit it.

'I found that sometimes it was a relief to do something unattractive in private, to confirm that I'm deeply flawed when so many others imagine me to be perfect.'

She found anyone that had begun to show signs that adolescence was leaving them to be completely foul and disgusting and was utterly envious of the female children of her class. The fact that she was flawless and appeared much younger than her true age I think was the only mitigating factor that prevented her from personally disgusting herself as she took extremely good care of herself to avoid showing signs of her age for as long as possible. It could also be said that her sexual encounters with the younger boys was seen as a purifying or cleansing ritual in her eyes. Bottom line, she was an extremely disturbed individual.

Tampa is a book that opens up the discussion that women are obviously not always the victim, that they can be just as guilty and just as psychopathic as their gender counterpart. It's a topic that forces you to look at the stereotypes in society today whether it is gender stereotypes or even stereotypes based on looks alone. Also, it definitely brings to light how the pursuing of an older woman no matter the age of the pursuer has become slightly glamorized over time.

In an interview with Cosmo (incredible review, definitely worth a read), the author stated that there is a void in literature about female sexual psychopaths and she sought to fill it. I can't think of any books related to the topic either but I have to applaud the fact that Nutting tackled this subject head-on and didn't water it down simply to avoid controversy. The extensiveness of her sexual conduct did at times seem gratuitous and left you feeling just as empty as Celeste, however, there's no denying this was an exceptionally scandalous yet efficiently written debut novel.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Reviews seem to be about the content, not the writing 14 octobre 2013
Par J. Russell - Publié sur
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Celeste Price is a true monster. A complete sociopath. Let's get that out there right away. No one is going to condone her thoughts or behavior in this book, but that's not what it's about. Alissa Nutting seems to have set out to create a complete portrait of a sociopath, and she did an excellent job. On characterization, it's hard to argue that she did anything about a terrific job. For those who argue there was no character development, I don't think that's true at all. The character of Jack grew and changed throughout the book. I found him to be a very realistic portrayal of a teenage boy in that circumstance. I will concede the other characters were not particularly well-drawn, but I think that is all part of the creation of the character of Celeste. She is the star of her own drama. None of those other people--her husband, Janet, Buck--were ever anything more than cardboard cut-outs to her. Celeste is the ultimate unreliable narrator. And Celeste has no character growth because she's a sociopath, she's not capable of it. The novel was wittily-written and vividly defined. I do think it's hypocritical that Amazon sells this out in the open, a book with vividly described sex with a 14-year-old boy, while they constantly and arbitrarily restrict access to titles other titles with sexual content in their Romance and Erotica sections, but that has nothing to do with this book. I could not give it 5 stars because some a couple gaping plot holes and a huge factual error that drove me crazy every time I encountered it: Corvettes do NOT have backseats! I find it hard to believe that no one who beta read or edited this book has been close enough to a Corvette to know that, so it's pretty shocking to me that this slipped through considering how much of the action takes place in that very car. It pulled me right out of the story every time it happened.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 This Subject Has Been Handled Much Better 22 juillet 2013
Par Bibanon1 - Publié sur
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher.

I think Nutting was trying really hard to create a character in the tradition of Patrick Bateman but, instead, she created a ridiculous caricature. This subject matter has been handled much more successfully in books such as WHAT WAS SHE THINKING? by Zoe Heller, KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD by Rebecca Coleman, and even LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov. Heller and Coleman gave their characters depth and complexity. Nutting's character was a cardboard cutout. Not only was she unbelievable but readers must have a huge suspension of disbelief to believe that not one single person saw any signs into the true nature of her character. As I worked my way through the story, I found that it got incredibly tedious. While the subject matter is certainly distasteful and disturbing, I think Nutting relied too heavily on shock value to give her book any impact.

I think many people who enjoyed this book were probably drawn in by what they saw as the author's clever handling of a difficult subject. However, these same people may not have encountered this same subject matter handled much more deftly in other books. My issue is not a knee-jerk reaction to the subject matter but more a reaction to what I think is inadequate writing. I simply don't believe you should be given kudos just because you chose a controversial topic.

Overall, a pretty disappointing offering.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 fantastic writing 6 juillet 2013
Par Dr. Vicki A. Alberts - Publié sur
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Initially I was skeptical of this book: a female middle school teacher sexually attracted to her students who uses their vulnerabilities to engage in sexual relationships with them. How could a female pedophile be the lead character? How could she be sympathetic? Seeing the world through the eyes of this horrific character come to life through the author's amazingly powerful descriptions. I still don't like Celeste Price, but I don't at all regret the time I spent with her. I will be looking forward to other great novels from a terrific up and coming writer. Thanks, Ms. Nutting!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Review of the Reviews 9 août 2013
Par John Lonergan - Publié sur
I was on holidays, and needed a book. Tampa has attracted a lot of press in Australia, with some mainstream booksellers refusing to stock it. I decided to see what all the fuss is about.
So, let's jump to the reviews, here on Amazon. I read just about all of them with unusual interest.
Several reviewers commented that they found it difficult to decide on the number of stars to give Nutting's book. I had the same problem.
Thinking about it, I believe that there are 2 reasons for this. First, I suspect that there is a hesitancy to award the book 4 or 5 stars because - at some level - that feels like accepting or even condoning the behaviour of the main character.
Second, I found the book uneven, so here is my take on the book as a book. On the positive side, Nutting's portrayal of Celeste as psychopath is outstanding. Celeste's unrelenting heartlessness is presented consistently and convincingly. (Jon Ronson's "The Psychopath Test" is a good reference point here). Right until the last page - and I believe that the ending is another positive about the book - Celeste is a monster.
Another positive for me is Janet Feinlog, a superbly created antithesis to Celeste who seems to me to have wandered into this novel from the pages of "A Confederacy of Dunces." Wonderful character, with a brilliant cameo towards the end.
One of the big negatives was the "unadulterated sex," which I found unconvincing - a bit like Mills & Boon on viagra.
The other negatives were around plot weaknesses and gaps, well-covered by other reviewers. Why did Celeste's husband have to be a cop? Wealthy but dumb bank scion would have worked better, surely.
Finally, returning to a review of the reviews. What is it that we are reviewing - the book, or its subject? I seldom see a book that so divides the regular reviewers, and my theory is that some of us have found that confusing.
My 3 stars is based partly on the plot weaknesses, and partly, I suspect, because I was afraid to give it any more..............
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