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Was Lolita utterly cunning and “Humbert the innocent” seduced?

In Australian writer Cootes provocative variation on a theme tackled many times before, the answer is a disturbing and nearly unequivocal yes. Cootes debut written when she was 19 details a twisted love affair between a teenage student and teacher from the nymphets 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. With newly awakened sexual powers, she casts a spell over her defenseless unnamed teacher. The narrator becomes increasingly calculating as she tangles him in her web of sexual manipulation.

I had thought there could be no pleasure more exquisite than that of seducing a shy man. But this debauching of a decent one was more compelling than anything I had ever experienced. The girls high-serious tone and overwrought language Oh how can I begin to show you the contours of my perversion? Your exploration destroyed these lands, darlingwhile plausibly that of a teenager, becomes grating nonetheless, but Cootes brazen novel never falls into precocity or melodrama. The rejection of sentimentality and the carefully calibrated knowingness make this more than just another Nabokov knockoff, and mark Coote as a young writer to watch.

Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Written when Cathy Coote was nineteen, Innocents is a taut, wickedly clever descent into the anatomy of an obsession, the debut of a precociously assured and provocative young literary voice.

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.


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Showing of 36 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The only reason this got 2 stars was because the book made me think Really hard, my brain hurts! In her account of their affair she is taking responsibility for her manipulation of him This leads me to believe that she’s come to an understanding of her faults so I wanted to like her but I don’t.

Shockingly I didn’t dislike him I kinda felt sorry for him?? It’s very clear they’re both obsessed with each other which is disturbing. The whole relationship is disturbing. Needless to say I hated and didn’t fully understand the ending. I finished the book with my mouth hanging open saying WTF!!!

In addition to all of this the book was also very slow and drawn out at times which made it hard to read. The only 2 good things here was it intrigued me enough to need to know the ending, and it made me think. Not my Cup of Tea:: Well, I hate to say it but I just could not get into this book. The idea behind it is great but for me, the author just doesn’t deliver.

The book is written in a way that appears as a letter to her older lover. The main character; a sixteen year old girl, seduces her teacher, moves in with him, and draws twisted photos of people in the buff. All in all, that’s all I got from this book. The characters both are totally unlikeable. The dark and twisted thoughts of the main character are the only thing I liked about this book.

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However, those were few and far between. This was just not my cup of tea. Nope, I don’t even know what to call the genre. It’s just plain weird.


What may be counter-intuitive to the naive, just like in real-life and in almost every book I’ve read with the exception foote Nabokov’s The Enchanter or movie and television show I’ve seen, age-discrepant relationships are most often initiated by the nymphets. Innocents is no exception. I wanted you when I saw how you dreaded to touch me You were charmingly, naively presuming yourself guilty of lechery, debauchery, debasement.

I innicents it gently, with my thumb. Biting my lip, making my face tentative, I asked out of the blue, ‘Will you kiss me?

Don’t you fancy me? With one swift flowing movement I knelt up, so as to have my face close to yours The Allure of Nymphets.

At which point, was there a winner or a loser and what innpcents now? The sex is well written, and after the initial seduction it becomes more like where is this going? Where it ends is in ambivalence.


I know who he is, but inbocents is still a young woman with sexual power and needs, preparing for whatever next move feels right. There is more to this book than another retelling of the “Lolita” story. Told from the perspective of the teenaged girl in the book, it twists the reader into realizing the title isn’t referring to her. I absolutely love this book.

Fiction Book Review: INNOCENTS by Cathy Coote, Author . Grove $13 (p) ISBN

This was one od the most beautifully written books that I have ever read. Coote is able to truly let us get a glimpse into the mind of the young teenage girl who is narrating the book. That said, it was also extremely dark and disturbing. There were many times when I wholeheartedly disliked both characters.

But, that just goes to show the power of Coote’s writing. All in all, I would definately recommend this book! Though be advised, it will toss what you think you know about teenage life on its head! This book was a bit over the top for me.

The way that it makes the main character, a schoolgirl, so oversexed in pursuit of her teacher is quite disgusting. See all 36 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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