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3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,362 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
A vida de Sarah Clark, boa aluna e bem comportada, muda para sempre quando aos 14 anos é seduzida depois das aulas pelo professor de Inglês, Daniel Carr, vinte e quatro anos mais velho do que ela, casado e com dois filhos. Mr. Carr não se limita a declamar poemas nas aulas e a transmitir aos seus alunos o amor pela poesia de Shakespeare. É um homem perigoso: seduz e envolv ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published March 2007 by Oceanos (first published 2004)
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Kat Kennedy
First of all, I would like to thank Iyah for recommending this book to me based on the fact that she believed me to be extremely perverted, I think.

You know sometimes how you guys have to remind me to give a book a star rating because I accidentally forget? No. Not this time. I won't rate this book. I CAN'T rate this book.

This book is so many conflicted things. Filthy, dirty, shocking, perverted, angry, degraded, frustrated. It's raw, honest, painful, sorrowful, empty, begging, pitiable.

I hated

3.5 disturbingly fascinating stars!

Taming the Beast was a deeply disturbing, fascinating, haunting, sad, unforgettable and beautifully written story. From the moment I started reading it, I could not put it down. The author managed to both impress me and disgust me with certain scenes and descriptions and to say that I "enjoyed" reading this book does not sound quite right. What I would say though is that it made me think and it made me FEEL all the different emotions the main characters where
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
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“When two people were completely bound in the expression of love, they ceased to be separate individuals and become one creature. The act of passion, when properly performed, created an organism larger than the sum of its parts; it created a beast with two backs, but one soul.”

If I had the chance to rewind time, I would’ve chosen to not read this book – it’s too poisonous and in general, too much. I’m all for dark reads – the darker the better – but this is the kind of book that leave
Wendy Darling
You know what I don't like in fiction with erotic content?

A sexual relationship that seems rather pathetic and silly.

A sexual relationship that is violent. Not pseudo violence/BDSM games, mind you, extreme physical pain inflicted by both parties.

A sexual relationship where someone is repeatedly used. And often raped.

A sexual relationship that's literally filthy--sex in a crap hole of an apartment, up against a dumpster with rotting food and rats, etc.

A sexual relationship with seriously unse
Review from Way Too Hot Books

What did just happen? Again I am in position where I have no clue how to write a review. It took me some time before I could make myself sit down and say something coherent and not sound like a little kid that's just learning how to talk. Taming the Beast is not a book for everyone. It deals with so many twisted, messed up things - I can't decide with what to begin with. Taming the Beast could open up some old wounds if you were victim of abuse, so think carefully be
Kwesi 章英狮
Mar 27, 2011 Kwesi 章英狮 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kwesi 章英狮 by: Rollie
Shelves: owned, emily-maguire, 2011
Before reading my passionate and lusty review of this book, I want to warn everyone that I'm not an erotic genre lover or sex addict or both. It was an accident that I liked this book because of its deeper meaning besides having sex with a teacher and with a restless book. I rated it higher than what I expected when I started reading it, every letters of every words of this book delivers a very strong emotion of a girl who needed someone to comfort her.

Sometimes, I ask myself, why do prostitutes
My mom used to say...

...preferably after I had done something irresponsible, like inviting myself into the home of that middle-aged man, who was living alone down the road, just to pet his German shepherd. of course I'd always lose my sense of time and end up getting home after dark. Where I would find my mother in a state, going on about what COULD have happened and that I wasn’t allowed to visit 'That Man' anymore and that she would pay him a visit first thing in the morning to find out why he
“Real love should draw no blood from the loved and buckets from the lover.”

I have not, in a while, read a book that left me so emotionally engaged! I do not think I have the words to sum up what this book will make you feel: at times sad, enraged, disappointed, disgusted, repulsed …and so on, and so forth.

I was mostly okay, up until that fourth part, it is mainly the reason why I gave it 4 stars, even though this is an excellent 5-stars book: with outstanding writing (something that is prob
Claire Contreras
i'm not going to rate this book. I am, however, going to talk about it.

If you're looking for a teacher-student romance , I personally don't think this fits the bill. I wouldn't call the disturbing relationship that this 38 year old married man with children started with his 14 year old clueless English student romantic. In fact, romantic would be the last word I would use to describe this book. When I got to the second page and the story went right into their first sexual encounter I thought, "
Jan 14, 2011 Iyah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put into words all my reaction for this book. And my head is all confused so right now my face probably looks like this.


I was actually thorn between rating this book 2 stars or 4 stars.

I wanted to rate it 4 stars because for an erotic literature, this book is quite interesting. The sex scenes, the emotions and the actions are in full detail. So much detail that probably if you have a very wild imagination it would be like watching a BDSM pornographic video.

And probably a lot of e
Mia Asher
Nov 19, 2013 Mia Asher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As disturbing as this book was and as dislikable every single character was, I still loved the story. It showed how easy love can turn into obsession, how easy is to cross that line. Jamie loved Sarah but his love bordered on obsession, in my opinion. As far as Sarah goes, I don't think she ever loved Daniel, I truly don't. She was infatuated as a young girl with her teacher, and later on, she was obsessed with him and everything he represented. Daniel, sick and perverted old man, was always obs ...more
Angie **loves angst**
“Real love should draw no blood from the loved and buckets from the lover.”

It feels wrong to "like" this book. This is not the type of book that you typically enjoy or take pleasure in reading. It invokes too many emotions. There are too many feelings stirred up inside of me to adequately describe this tormenting piece of fiction. This gut wrenching portrait of a young woman's journey was unlike anything I've read before. This book is not a romance novel, it is not a happy tale, nor a heart w
Dora Sky
Jan 22, 2015 Dora Sky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is not an easy read.

If you aren't a fan of Lolita than you probably should stay far away from this book.

This story it's bitter.

There is nothing blithe about this book.

It's crude and the author doesn't hold anything back while describing a few scenes that made my heart bleed for the heroine.

I must admit Miss Maguire it's the queen of dark novels!

Apr 12, 2012 Nikita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
In every way I look at it, I don't have any idea on how to rate this book. Moreover, I don't know what to say in this review. But before I say anything else, I'd like to say that I read this out of pure curiosity of what the book's really about than just lust.

Well, I'd say it is first disgusting. VERY disgusting. I mean like, EEEWWWHATTHEHECKUGHWTF! With all the things Sarah's doing and thinking at the age of 14, I didn't know how to react. And I want to be honest, I didn't fully read the book.
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
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When your sexually abused at the age of fourteen by a half genius -half psycho pedophilic, what the bloody hell will you do? Will you run the hell out and call a police, keep it to yourself and have a psychological trauma about it or accept things and be addicted with it?

We all have a choice what path will we take, there’s no destiny or fate but choice and free will. You’re now in that place because that’s the one you have chosen. And hypothetically the course of action is to always
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
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HEARTBREAKING.... HOLLOW........HAUNTING.... review to come..
In many ways Emily Maguire's Taming the Beast feels like a companion novel to Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. But instead of getting inside the head of a charming liar like Humbert, Maguire examines how an illicit romance between a teacher and student can impact the lives of just about every one involved.

At the age of fourteen, Sarah Chalke is seduced by her English teacher. At first it's their love of words and literature that brings them together, but one afternoon things become heated and the two
"Sarah Clark felt like a freak for two and a half years. It started when she received a leather-bound copy of Othello for her twelfth birthday and ended when her English teacher showed her exactly what was meant by the beast with two backs."

I don't have any idea on how to rate this book. I dont even know what to think about it! Thats how confused I am right now.
This book is too toxic, too dark, too twisted, too shocking, too depresing...simply too fucked-up. Its definitely too much for me.

I ha
14 year old Sarah is seduced by her 38 year old teacher and they embark on an affair that is passionate and violent, until his wife discovers he has been cheating and he chooses to move away to save his marriage. Sarah self destructs with meaningless sex with everyone she meets until years later her ex-lover comes back to continue their destructive affair.

There is no plot to this book just sex sex sex and it got boring after 40 pages of it especially with all the sexual violence and humiliation
Ian Kirkpatrick
Apr 21, 2012 Ian Kirkpatrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Maguire has a breathless talent and a fascination with the cloying nausea of intoxication. This is a book which forces you to throw back a full tequila shot then immediately demand another two.

I had equal parts of fascination and revulsion for Sarah Clark. Maguire claims that Sarah is profoundly unsure of herself, yet I was profoundly unsure of Sarah as I was forced to witness her spiral into self-degradation. Maguire’s writing is so powerful, so disturbing that I found myself alternating
Maree Kimberley
This book is not for everybody. It's raw, unflinching and at times difficult to read. But it's also gripping, heart-rending and a brutally honest piece of writing. It took guts to write this book, to keep going until its raw, bitter and yet hopeful end.

There is a lot of sex in this book. But it's not erotica, or porn. It's a book about trauma and vulnerability and the ability of a predator to justify his behaviour and manipulate his prey. There is a searing honesty to this book, which given its
A small autobiographical opening:

Once upon a time, a very lovely and Dangerously Younger girl sat back on my couch and kissed me. "I'm a train wreck," she said, "and you're a predator. We're pretty much the perfect couple."

Which is one way of saying that Emily Maguire's "Taming the Beast" is stunningly powerful. And of course a clear way of saying there was never a chance that I wouldn't fall in love with her heroine. But anyone who knows me knows that Maguire's Sarah Clark is probably the epito
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist

So, my friend Beatrix tried to "make" me read this book long time ago, but I was all:

But now she is reading one of my fav mm books I thought for sure it will never ever find itself on her tbr list, so to show my appreciation I'm reading this next ;).


What The Fuck Did I Just Read??? O.O

Brilliantly written, but profoundly fucked-up.
**4,5 stars**


This book is mesmerizing, cut deep and disgusting, but also so true, emotional and intimate that I'm feeling a little dizzy and shocked at the same time about what I did read.

I can't talk about this book without babbling, so I'll stay with the statement that Sarah is a flashpoint between Madame Bovary and Geni, a lyrical character in a music by Chico Buarque.

De tudo que é nego torto / Every crooked nameless
Do mangue e do cais do porto / The mangrove and the docks
Ela já foi nam

Excellent! Right up there with Break Her by B.G. Harlen
Noël Cades
This is a very well-written and intense book, that will disturb and likely disappoint readers looking for a happy romance. Those looking for a challenging and engrossing read, with interesting and complex characters, will find much to absorb them.

Sarah is only 14 when she embarks on a sado-masochistic sexual relationship with her 38-year-old English teacher Daniel Carr. (Bear in mind that the book is set in Australia, where the age of consent is 16 and perspectives on underage sex are considerab
Jenna~Ice Queen~Dreams
This is a review for Taming the Beast by Emily Maguire.

Oh goodness, what did I just read?? I hate this book so much but at the same time loved it. My heart breaks for Sarah. Everyone seems to have used her in this book...

When Sarah was 14 years old she was seduced by the much older Mr Daniel Carr, her English teacher. After screwing her time and time again, his wife finds out and he and his family move, leaving a very broken Sarah behind.

8 years later, and after 100's of meaningless sexual enco
This book disgusted me, disturbed me and intrigued me. Yet, I am not sure exactly how I feel about it. Both Sarah and Mr. Carr are seriously disturbed people- almost to where someone might say they deserve each other. Scenes where go into all the things they do to one another during sex: burning each other with cigs, biting until they bleed, bruises on their face and Sarah even breaks his fingers without knowing it. The seem to fall into a pit of hedonistic pleasure, but it isn't sexy at all. Th ...more
David Wilson
Jun 16, 2011 David Wilson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This might be the worst book I have ever read. Not only did it deal with a terrible subject matter, an authority figure having sex with a student, but it was degrading to disgusting in the way it handled the subject, and the main character's dealing with her experience. I am no prude and enjoy a good erotic book, but this is just nasty.

Not only is the subjecty matter distasteful, the book is poorly written. I wish there was a negative star for this one. I seldome do this, but I tossed this one i
Dec 27, 2007 Lavande rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yawn. See adolescent girl embark on sadomasochistic relationship with older teacher. See young woman lose herself in drugs and sex to eradicate the memory of this supposedly sublime affair. Introduce wimpy boy to whine and drool over the tart of a protagonist. Woman and teacher reunite to lose themselves in a dull affair of punching and screwing. Whatever.
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