WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN BOOK
We Need to Talk About Kevin is a novel by Lionel Shriver, published by Serpent's Tail, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jump to navigation Jump to search. For the film adaptation of the book, see We Need to Talk About Kevin ( film). We Need to Talk About Kevin book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The gripping international bestseller about motherh. Sarah A Smith on We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, a misguided and discordant story about a teenage killer. Set against the farce of the counting of the votes in the US presidential elections, We Need To Talk About Kevin tells the story of a high-school massacre.
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This page was last edited on 24 March , at Shriver keeps up an almost unbearable suspense. It's hard to imagine a more striking demolition job on the American myth of the perfect suburban family.
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Introduction by: Kate Mosse Imprint: Serpent's Tail Pages: Fiction, Serpent's Tail Classics. Serpent's Tail Subject: Kevin is a monster, a gross caricature of childhood.
Sullen and intractable at one, at four he destroys his mother's lovingly decorated study before rapidly progressing to tamper with the brakes of a neighbouring boy's bike, blind his little sister in one eye and falsely accuse his drama teacher of sexual harassment.
This is all before the incident with the cross bow in the gym that lands him in juvenile prison.
By linking motherhood's most ordinary fears to this cartoon horror, Shriver exploits parents' very worst thoughts - that somehow, despite their best efforts, their offspring will turn out to be sociopathic - while undermining them with the implication that really, raising a mass murderer is just one of those things, much like mastitis.
In this resolutely anti-parenthood and anti-children book, everything that can go wrong does.
Shriver's tendency to overwrite doesn't help her persuade the reader to look again at the question of motherhood and how prepared most women are for it. She has a nice dry turn of phrase and the scenes between Kevin and Eva in the prison visiting room sting with their black humour when he boasts that he would "do it all again", she replies: "I can see why. It's worked out so well for you".Just like she never thinks about them divorcing, she also never considers giving her son help.
A review with a blue-tinted title indicates a book of unusual commercial interest that hasn't received a starred or boxed review. As such it has been hailed as taboo-breaking, but it is difficult to see why.
Later, she is appalled by his cruelty to an unfortunate-looking girl at a primary school dance. I dream about the books that touch my soul.
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Instead, she breaks your heart. Honestly, what was to like about it?
Eva finally capitulates after she decides she wants a child for her own selfish reasons.