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Innocents Paperback – August 14, 2002
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The subject matter is deliciously dark and disturbing. The novel questions morality and innocence by making said notions seem abstract. This is one of the cleverest reads I have had in a long time.
Two words to describe this odd story. Cathy Coote writes from the perspective of a nameless teen who seduces and manipulates her high school history teacher into a false sense of responsibility and obsession over her.
The sexual scenes in this novel are incredibly detailed and real. And my favorite motif within the novel was that of the constant symbolic comparison of the speaker to a snake. ("You battled yourself, a man wrestling a Boa Constrictor"; "Entertwined on the couch like snakes in their basket") When considering a running symbolism such as this it makes her seem so much more sinister than she admits and even prides herself in being.
However, I stopped reading about 2/3 of the way through. It became too flat and disgusting for me to identify with the speaker any longer. Eventually I picked it up again, and skimming over a few passages I reached the end and again was let down. There is merely the hint of a climax and the book drops its reader into the same pit that the personality of its characters seem to have tumbled into.
I recommend the book for its beautiful diction and description, but warn of its eventual monotany.
I mean the girl even dreams of rescuing her older man from the people who have abused him!!
"Then I'd gather you to me. I'd swallow you whole. I'd absorb you into my bloodstream, and you'd circle around inside me, endlessly." Coote writes.
I think the authors choice to leave out the rest of the world and focus on the relationship, having our main character play less and less of a role in the "Real World" as time passes was a deliberate literary decision.
She has panic of a dancer twirling themselves to death... or a drunk like Cage from the movie "Leaving Las Vegas" about to drink himself to his reckless end.
This is a MUST READ.
This book is not for everybody. The language, in parts, grows overblown and tiresome, and the plot itself offers nothing but an endless cycle of seduction, with no development of characters, no changes. The climax rings hollow, and the ending smells faintly of the end to Fowles' THE COLLECTOR, with just the barest whiff of the cyclic quality of obsession. The seduction scenes are admirable and chilling, but the few actual plot points have an obligatory feel, "thrown in" as it were to advance the story along, with no reason or meaning behind them. In the end one is left with a numbing emptiness--not unlike the narrator herself must feel.
Don't come to this book looking for answers or insights. Ride along and allow yourself to be manipulated by the wily narrator and the very lucid, brilliant author. If Miss Coote has written a second novel, it might be very much worth seeing.
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