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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2003)

de Lionel Shriver

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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. 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, Franklyn.… (més)
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Títol:We Need to Talk About Kevin
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We Need to Talk about Kevin de Lionel Shriver (2003)

Afegit fa poc perElizabeth_Blondin, Arina8888, biblioteca privada, jess19w92, kristiederuiter, keithlaf
  1. 81
    Nineteen Minutes de Jodi Picoult (bnbookgirl, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both of these novels are about school shootings and the alienated teenage boys responsible for them. 'We need to talk about Kevin' depicts the complex relationships within the shooter's family, whereas 'Nineteen minutes' focuses on the larger community affected by the event.… (més)
  2. 81
    Columbine de Dave Cullen (GCPLreader)
  3. 60
    The Fifth Child de Doris Lessing (christiguc, humppabeibi)
    christiguc: Both are books that explore the nature vs. nurture question in disturbing situations.
  4. 50
    Before and After de Rosellen Brown (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both of these novels tell haunting, harrowing stories about the family relationships of teenage boys who commit unthinkable crimes: in 'We need to talk about Kevin' a school shooting, and in 'Before and after' a teenager's murder of his girlfriend.… (més)
  5. 62
    Defending Jacob de William Landay (arielfl, Booksloth)
    arielfl: Both books are about bad seed boys who murder and who have mothers who have an inkling about their true nature and with fathers who deny, deny, deny.
  6. 30
    Hey Nostradamus! de Douglas Coupland (verenka)
    verenka: Both books deal with the aftermath of school shootings but from different perspectives.
  7. 30
    The Hour I First Believed de Wally Lamb (freddlerabbit)
  8. 10
    El Sopar de Herman Koch (INTPLibrarian)
    INTPLibrarian: Disturbed child and parents dealing with it. Both with twists / unexpected parts.
  9. 10
    A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy de Sue Klebold (TheLittlePhrase)
  10. 10
    The Wrong Mother de Sophie Hannah (JeaniusOak)
    JeaniusOak: Both novels explore difficult themes surrounding Motherhood.
  11. 00
    Every Last One de Anna Quindlen (suniru)
  12. 22
    The Slap de Christos Tsiolkas (RidgewayGirl)
  13. 00
    Boy A de Jonathan Trigell (FemmeNoiresque)
  14. 00
    Little Star de John Ajvide Lindqvist (julienne_preacher)
  15. 12
    The Cement Garden de Ian McEwan (Monika_L)
  16. 03
    Empire Falls de Richard Russo (mcenroeucsb)
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4.5 stars

Very disturbing story. The ending was really emotional and gave me shivers. ( )
  tonimeter | May 13, 2022 |
Wow. This was a really exceptional novel, despite the apparently inevitable ending and the slightly unusual style (it's written entirely as letters from the titular character's mother) it manages to drag the reader along in a way that is almost uncomfortable. It's a painfully honest dissection of American culture, parenthood and marriage that never pulls any punches but also manages not to seem preachy (probably because it doesn't offer any easy answers).
It's also firmly fixed in time, with current events interwoven into the tale, a technique which I found effective and fascinating. I loved it and expect to remain slightly shaken by it for some time to come. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
Highly articulate, controversial, emotionally raw epistolary novel from the (reliable? unreliable?) point of view of a 15-year-old mass murderer's mother.

Eva Katchadurian's son, Kevin, is essentially a psychopath from birth, who inspires neither true spiritual love nor physical affection in his parents. His dad perseveres in the fantasy of the perfect life with the perfect son, while his mother, our storyteller, sees the warning signs in her son from the beginning. When she is proved hideously right in her suspicions that her son means true harm, her world -- and the world of her husband and young daughter -- falls apart, leaving scorched earth.

It's an amazing book, but not, not, NOT for the faint of heart. ( )
1 vota FinallyJones | Nov 17, 2021 |
this took me a long time to read, but i really really liked it. the writing is excellent (although dense, not lyrical, quite pretentious; so not for everyone) and the issue at hand is interesting. (was kevin born to this personality and this eventuality, or does eva's lack of maternal love for him and franklin's lack of the ability to see kevin for who he is help to create this monster? does franklin see it but not allow himself to know it, or is he really unable to see the truth of who - and how - kevin is? was there something that eva could have done to change the trajectory? (i say eva because she saw from the first who he was, even if she didn't understand him.) is shriver accusing the mother? society? the child? excusing the mother? the child?)

i think we aren't supposed to know that franklin and celia were kevin's victims, too, and that that was supposed to be a surprise for the reader near the end. by page 100 i assumed franklin had been killed by kevin and as soon as celia was introduced i figured she had been, too. still, i was surprised that he had done it in the morning, before school, and not after. and i was definitely surprised by the growing love between kevin and eva at the very end of the book; i wouldn't have thought she would get to that point after what he'd done. still, getting to that point really is interesting. i would have thought a story about a well-adjusted, if not likable kid who commits an atrocity and the familial aftermath would have been more interesting, but she made this quite fascinating to read and think about. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Sep 2, 2021 |
Does she ever stop talking about herself? Herself with really fancy words?
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Oh yes, thank goodness. Adding in more characters has made it so I can appreciate it better.

Wow what a story. That will be unforgettable.

Unfortunately the author writes "too smart" for me.

Reminder notes for myself:

She bought the bow and arrow as a father and son project. He loved the Robin Hood story, reading it multiple times

There was a 2 week period when Kevin was sick. He was a normal boy, needing his mom, properly responding in conversations. "He was a completely different person. And that's how I achieved an appreciation for how much energy and commitment it must of taken him the rest of the time to generate this other boy (or boys)." She could of been a good, happy mom, if he was a good kid. :( How hard to explain this odd behaviored child and care for him.


Read in 2015. ( )
  Seayla2020 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 378 (següent | mostra-les totes)
A powerful, gripping and original meditation on evil
 
At a time when fiction by women has once again been criticised for its dull domesticity, here is a fierce challenge of a novel by a woman that forces the reader to confront assumptions about love and parenting, about how and why we apportion blame, about crime and punishment, forgiveness and redemption and, perhaps most significantly, about how we can manage when the answer to the question why? is either too complex for human comprehension, or simply non-existent.
afegit per ddematthews | editaThe Independent, Lisa Gee (Apr 7, 2005)
 
The epistolary method Shriver uses, letters to Eva's absent husband, strains belief, yet ultimately that's not what trips us up. It's Eva's relentless negativity that becomes boring and repetitive in the first half of the book, the endless recounting of her loss of svelteness, her loss of freedom.
afegit per stephmo | editaSalon.com, Barbara O'Dair (Aug 12, 2004)
 
Maybe there are books to be written about teenage killers and about motherhood, but this discordant and misguided novel isn't one of them.
afegit per stephmo | editaThe Guardian, Sarah A. Smith (Nov 15, 2003)
 
A little less, however, might have done a lot more for this book. A guilt-stricken Eva Khatchadourian digs into her own history, her son's and the nation's in her search for the responsible party, and her fierceness and honesty sustain the narrative; this is an impressive novel, once you get to the end.

afegit per Waldheri | editaNew York Times, Matthew Flamm (Aug 3, 2003)
 

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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. 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, Franklyn.

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