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We Need to Talk About Kevin (original: 2003; edição: 2011)

de Lionel Shriver (Autor)

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7,0453761,025 (4.1)1 / 685
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:Alyanda
Título:We Need to Talk About Kevin
Autores:Lionel Shriver (Autor)
Informação:Perennial / Harper-collins (2011), Edition: Reprint.
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
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We Need to Talk about Kevin de Lionel Shriver (2003)

  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.… (mais)
  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.… (mais)
  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
    The Dinner 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.
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    Every Last One de Anna Quindlen (suniru)
  12. 22
    The Slap de Christos Tsiolkas (RidgewayGirl)
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    Boy A de Jonathan Trigell (FemmeNoiresque)
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    Little Star de John Ajvide Lindqvist (julienne_preacher)
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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. ( )
  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 |
I honestly don't know where I sit with this one. In terms of a work of fiction, it was a great read. Disturbing patterns from both mother and child, and oblivious husband. The cracks in the child's facade. The writing was great, and the format of being told through letters really allowed us to see into the mother's inner thoughts.

Though, reading A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold and then this much later... It's hard to absorb. It makes it feel a little more fictitious when compared with the real thing, which takes away some of the real horror of it. It feels like something is missing, or just isn't quite right. Also, personally having experience with "bad kids" who turn into "bad adults", I feel like Kevin was a little too extreme, and too wise beyond his years to be plausible. Kids might be incredibly bright, or genius level, but aren't they still limited by their development stages, at least to a degree? I don't know, it just seemed too... The Omen-like for me for him to be a believable character.

Interesting read in all.

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  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
Despite the lurid subject matter, this book was very thoughtfully written. I wish I could give it more than 3 stars, but I just can't with a book that disturbs me so. ( )
  ltrahms | Jul 13, 2021 |
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A powerful, gripping and original meditation on evil
adicionado 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.
adicionado 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.
adicionado 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.
adicionado 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.

adicionado 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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