DO NOT HAVE ANOTHER BABY, DO NOT BUY A PET, AND FOR HEAVENS SAKE. Poor, poor Kevin and oh, his poor, hapless victims. Edition (December 27, 2011), Watch a trailer for "We Need to Talk About Kevin", Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2017. [and] impossible to put down.” It is also superbly narrated - Shriver is a master of the fiction-writing craft. Yet it’s the character of his mother Eva that I found the most disturbing. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. I read this novel after seeing the film, wanting to understand more about the psychopathy of the deeply disturbed Kevin. It’s the story of Kevin, a lethal mix of nature and poor nurturing resulting in the child from hell. We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver. Please try your request again later. So much dexterity is on display here ("Damn what an amazing writer!" But, in a way, it's not about the massacre at all. Old. Shriver takes a calculated risk . The character of Kevin, the teenage murderer whose mom narrates the epistolary novel, was so disturbing and harrowingly well-drawn, that I think it caused some sort of chemical reaction in my brain. But it was also a cry for help, so why was it unanswered? • I am joking but the novel doesn’t. but the gamble pays off as she strikes a tone of compelling intimacy.” (. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry. I have been known to sob while watching a movie but haven't actually while absorbed in a book. Does anyone out ther concur? Such a person would drive the recipient of said letters to utter distraction (if indeed Franklin did not simply bin them - he never responds!) This book attacked my brain like a virus. Unable to add item to List. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. This is the fear of parenthood. WHAT AN ENDING! 17 questions answered. . You can really only punish people who are already a little bit good.”, “I thought at the time that I couldn't be horrified anymore, or wounded. many. Kevin was bad from infancy. pages. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New York. Another way to prevent getting this page in the future is to use Privacy Pass. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails. Refresh and try again. That's almost entirely false. I am now entering my sixth decade and I'm aware that there's a lot of books I haven't yet read which I need to be getting on with. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails. Just watched the movie. It is my firm conviction that there was nothing wrong with either child, it was the mother who had something wrong with her. Your IP: 220.127.116.11 . 2 "snarky, sensationalistic, schlocky" stars !!! Not sure if I would recommend this book as it is NOT an enjoyable read or a book I would read again, but despite the sometimes drawn out 400 pages, I just had to keep reading to find. [ A teacher would never have a tribunal with only parents and principal present and have the boys testify in that forum for sexual abuse. They were clearly partly cathartic and partly an attempted analysis of where (if anywhere) to apportion blame. I suppose that's a common conceit, that you've already been so damaged that damage itself, in its totality, makes you safe.”. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. It is like reading Antonia Byatt on speed! It's hard to review this book when I am so appalled at what it represents. Nature v nurture. We’d love your help. Cloudflare Ray ID: 5e865c46ab582976 It's like she wants it both ways -- Kevin a born sociopath AND a misunderstood teen -- a by-product, nay. Now, two years later, it is time for her to co. Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. is a perpetual thought while reading this), with a prose made by some wizard's alchemy, a talent-filled intuition, & a distinct view that's brutal & uncomfortably honest. See all 21 questions about We Need to Talk About Kevin…, SOLVED. We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver We Need to Talk About Kevin is a 2003 novel by Lionel Shriver, It is written from the first person perspective of the teenage killer's mother, Eva Khatchadourian, and documents her attempt to come to terms with her son Kevin and the murders he committed, as told in a series of letters from Eva to her husband.