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We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel (P.S.) (original 2003; edição 2006)

por 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.… (mais)
Membro:ahk1657
Título:We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel (P.S.)
Autores:Lionel Shriver
Informação:Harper Perennial (2006), Paperback, 432 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
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Etiquetas:contemporary, fiction, adolescence, violence, marriage, british, unread

Pormenores da obra

We Need to Talk about Kevin por Lionel Shriver (2003)

  1. 81
    Nineteen Minutes por 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.… (mais)
  2. 81
    Columbine por Dave Cullen (GCPLreader)
  3. 60
    The Fifth Child por Doris Lessing (christiguc, humppabeibi)
    christiguc: Both are books that explore the nature vs. nurture question in disturbing situations.
  4. 50
    Before and After por 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.… (mais)
  5. 62
    Defending Jacob por 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! por Douglas Coupland (verenka)
    verenka: Both books deal with the aftermath of school shootings but from different perspectives.
  7. 30
    The Hour I First Believed por Wally Lamb (freddlerabbit)
  8. 10
    The Dinner por 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 por Sue Klebold (TheLittlePhrase)
  10. 10
    The Wrong Mother por Sophie Hannah (JeaniusOak)
    JeaniusOak: Both novels explore difficult themes surrounding Motherhood.
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3.75*
This had an extremely slow start but once Kevin hit his teenage years became a lot more interesting. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
rabck from book_drunkard; a psychological thriller, very disturbing but you couldn't put it down. I listened to it, supplemented by the paper copy, and the narrator's voice gave it an edge that would have been lost if just reading it.
Told in a series of letters to her husband Franklin, from the mother, Eva; we know that Kevin killed several classmates and a teacher at his school when he was just shy of 16yo. In her letters, Eva takes us back through her life...and life with Kevin. She knew something was very, very wrong with him and yet after the conviction, she's visiting him in the juvenile correctional center. [Spoiler alert] - Kevin was a genius and he knew exactly what he was doing to inflict maximum psychological pain on his mother, by killing his little sister and father, Franklin, before heading to school to kill his classmates. ( )
  nancynova | Jan 24, 2021 |
I am on a roll with depressing fiction lately. This book I picked up after reading that the movie based on this book was one of the best films of 2011. I only knew cursory plotlines -- it was about a mother of a boy who murdered several children at his school -- so I was unprepared for the intensity and psychological tension.

The novel is presented in the form of letters from Eva Khatchadourian, mother of a boy named Kevin, to her estranged husband, Franklin. It is known from the very start that Kevin is the boy who went on the rampage at his school two years ago, and Eva's letters seem to be a way for her to process and examine the events that led up to it, after an encounter with one of the other mothers at the grocery store. Eva recounts all the way back to the early days of her marriage, meeting and falling in love with Franklin, their consideration of whether or not to have a child, her disappointment at the detachment within their family unit after the birth of Kevin, her frustration with her husband's inaction when trying to raise and discipline her son, her confusion as Kevin continues to grow into a sullen toddler, child, and teenager. Hindsight, of course, is always twenty-twenty, as Eva describes the increasing sociopathic behavior of her son.

This is one of those novels that I both love and hate. The character of Eva is lucid and careful in her writing, clearly conveying her feelings as well as the events which perpetrated them. I was drawn in to her narrative, sympathizing with her dismay and irritation at her husband's passive reactions to Kevin's warning signs. I also appreciated that she voiced her ambivalence towards motherhood, towards having a baby, the confusing feelings of anger and disappointment in both her child, herself as a mother, and towards her husband as co-parent. The author is skilled with words and shaping the story to evoke emotions in the reader. The twist towards the end, I should have seen coming, but I was a little disappointed by Eva's eventual conclusions. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I don't know if I will do this review justice, but I can't stop thinking about this book. It affected me in the way that only a few books do; I've been thinking about it all the time and it really messed with my mood. I feel pensive and slightly uncomfortable. However, I say this as a compliment. I think strong novels will affect you mood and leave an imprint on your daily life.

I can see why people hate this book. It's a terrible story in the sense that no one enjoys reading about school shootings. And the narrator is very far from likable. But that's the point - to make us think and reflect on something so awful. The almost clinical writing worked for the plot and mindset of the narrator. And I loved how nuanced the story was; Shriver does not spell every little thing out, but lets it unfold slowly. I also loved that Shriver doesn't shy away from difficult topics nor does she try to shield her characters from being unlikable or downright awful. She explores very taboo topics and exposes some very uncomfortable truths.

It's hard to say I loved this book because it was so dark but I'm really glad I read it. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
Three days before his sixteenth birthday, Kevin Katchadourian goes into his high school, where he shoots and murders seven fellow pupils, a teacher and a cafeteria worker. In a series of letters to her former husband, Kevin’s mother Eva recalls his upbringing and their lives together.

I’ll be honest – for the first 100 pages of this book (my edition was exactly 400 pages) I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it. That said, it’s not necessarily a book that you can enjoy as such, given that it is about a school shooter. It is set in 2000, two years after the horrific incident, and while Kevin and his specific crime is fictional, it references several real life school shooters. It is a sobering subject, but despite this I have become absorbed in other books on the same subject (for example, the brilliant Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult).

Eva is frankly, not an easily likeable person – although I sense that she was written that way deliberately. Her ambivalence towards her son since before he was even born, was apparent, and she wrote about him as if he was evil from the moment he arrived in the world. The question at the heart of the book is whether someone can be born evil or if – in this case – Kevin turned out the way he did as a result of his mother’s attitude towards him.

From about 100 pages in however, the book captured and held my attention. I still did not really warm to Eva, although I did feel so desperately sorry for her. I wondered if she was a reliable narrator, and if all the horrible things that Kevin did prior to the school shooting were actually as she described them, but of course events bore out the fact that he was a cruel and reckless young man.

Eva is very verbose and rarely uses one word if she can manage to use twenty. She is also clearly very intellectual and has a superiority complex to others. But she is not without compassion, even if she is very selfish. I did not like her husband Franklin either, although admittedly we only ever get to know him through Eva’s own filter. But his blind defence of his son made me want to shake him for his naivety. (Again though, I wonder how the same events would have played out written from Franklin’s point of view.)

Anyway – it’s relentlessly bleak, but you kind of have to expect that going in. It’s a book I’ve been meaning to read for a number of years, and I’m glad I finally did. On the whole, I would recommend it although I don’t think I would rush to read any more books by this author. ( )
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A powerful, gripping and original meditation on evil
adicionada por ddematthews | editarNew Statesman, Amanda Craig (Jun 6, 2005)
 
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.
adicionada por ddematthews | editarThe 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.
adicionada por stephmo | editarSalon.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.
adicionada por stephmo | editarThe 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.

adicionada por Waldheri | editarNew 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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