Was Lolita utterly cunning and Humbert Humbert the innocent seduced? In Australian writer Coote's provocative variation on a theme tackled many times before, the answer is a disturbing and nearly unequivocal yes. Coote's debut written when she was 19 details a twisted love affair between a teenage student and teacher from the nymphet's point of view. The story is written as a letter from the nameless, orphaned year-old Catholic schoolgirl to her year-old lover reviewing their affair and its consequences. The narrator, raised competently, albeit coldly, by her aunt and uncle, maintains a wholesome facade, behind which lies a devious imagination and utterly jaded view of human relations.
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. The sexual scenes were liberally used throughout the novel and grew monotonous after a while. The writing was fine, but the story just didn't really go anywhere. It's enjoyable and the ending is not terribly tragic as the abstract would have you believe so don't fear it. So enamored by her is he, that he quits his job, rents them a new house and takes her away from her life.
They have sex constantly and she's constantly manipulating him. It's written sort of as a letter. There are many sentences that end with 'darling,' which is never pleasant.
I read this because someone I used to know was scandalized and titillated by it. While 16 year old girls aren't quite my cup of tea, I do have an interest in the darker sides of sexuality.
However, it was written by a 19 year old. The audience was clearly people who wanted to be scandalized and titillated, without the benefit of actually having to consider alternative sexual lifestyles. In summation : It bored me and I was not scandalized or titillated. Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. Big news! LibraryThing is now free to all!
Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Innocents by Cathy Coote. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 8 , 3. Forcing someone vulnerable and naive into a sexual relationship to satisfy a twisted desire is perverted, even evil.
But when the perpetrator is a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl, is she culpable? And if the victim is her thirty-four-year-old teacher, shouldn't he have known better? When the nameless young narrator of Innocents decides to seduce her teacher, she immediately realizes that the power of her sexuality is greater than she ever imagined.
She leaves the aunt and uncle who are her guardians and moves in with her teacher; together, they quickly embark on a journey into their darkest desires. Unforgettable, disturbing, and morally complex, Innocents permanently unsettles our notions of innocence, experience, and power, and suggests that we all are culpable.
Recently added by librookian , midnightblue , smichaelwilson , orin. No current Talk conversations about this book. Poor attempt to write a new version of Lolita from the young girl's perspective.
This book was almost adorable where it seemed to be attempting at disturbing. Innocents is basically the story of a 16 year girl who seduces her teacher.
I read this book a few years ago and I still have mixed feelings about it, but I decided I liked the style in which it was written. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. References to this work on external resources.
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A brilliant debut. But when the perpetrator is a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl, is she culpable? When the nameless young narrator of Innocents decides to seduce her teacher, she immediately realizes that the power of her sexuality is greater than she ever imagined. She leaves the aunt and uncle who are her guardians and moves in with her teacher; together, they quickly embark on a journey into their darkest desires. Unforgettable, disturbing, and morally complex, Innocents permanently unsettles our notions of innocence, experience, and power, and suggests that we all are culpable.
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