1 edition of We need to talk about Kevin found in the catalog.
|LC Classifications||PS3569.H742 W3 2005eb|
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|Format||[electronic resource] /|
|Number of Pages||468|
I was seriously left breathless and horribly saddened after finishing the book. She isn't even really at the center of it; that position is occupied by her son, Kevin, who is an instinctive sadist with a gift for knowing exactly how to wound her, reject her, deceive her and make her soul bleed. You just found the book you were looking for because it is having a very good touch of the fiction in it as well. And you will need to talk about it. Some argue that the proliferation of and easy access to guns is the cause; others that the excess of violence in movies, TV programs and video games induce violent behavior in children and adolescents. He is loving and affectionate with his father, Franklin John C.
A happy, almost idyllic marriage to Franklin; a brilliant career in a business which she, herself, created; her ambivalent feelings when she became pregnant, an event which interfered with her career; the indifference she felt when she held her son for the first time; Kevin's difficult infancy - he refused his mother's milk and didn't like to be held by her; his total manipulation of his father, who believed Kevin could do no wrong, putting a permanent strain on the marriage; Kevin's lack of empathy and cruel streak, which he blatantly flaunted in front of his mother and hid from his Dad; and Eva's fear that her dislike for her son, which she went overboard to conceal, would damage him - further escalating his already violent nature. Or maybe I'm just not cut out for that kind of emotional work. And you're not old enough to have any positive substitute, so it's very bleak. The audience is not meant to have a clear answer.
The story of the book keeps becoming more and more interesting and amazing as the story proceeds. That could mean he was out to punish his unfeeling mum, but has come to wonder if he went a bit too far, since he's now prepared to submit to a hug. Unless you're me, apparently. I try not to let the fiction deteriorate into polemic.
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Prompted by the discovery his parents are planning to divorce and she'll lose custody of him, depriving him of his victory over her, Kevin kills his father and little sister.
I've been an ex-pat for long enough to understand that I will always be an expat. Because she writes a series of the letters to her husband in order to talk about the murders their son has committed. They embrace, and Eva concludes that, despite what he did, she loves her son. Director Lynne Ramsay accepts that " You're compelled to know the reasons " why Kevin does what he does, but declines to apologise for neglecting to read the riddle.
The details: A few weeks ago, a GR friend of mine reviewed a book about women who are regretlessly childless. Subdued and frightened, he makes a peace offering of sorts to Eva by giving her Celia's prosthetic eye to bury, and telling her that he's sorry.
For my money however, it conveys a slightly different text for our times. Not in the months that followed, when I felt a sort of guilty anger over feeling trapped with someone who certainly needed me, but didn't seem to love or even like me.
It's not that I have no shame. Heck, I'd even taken a live-in job in a home for severely disabled children. We've got a lot of ideas of what mothers are, and what mothers are supposed to be. Its power is not in the reading, but rather what follows -- the heated, emotional, no-holds-barred tempest of feeling it can only serve to generate at its conclusion.
Nothing Is Scarier : Whatever Kevin said to that girl at the Homecoming dance, which remains unanswered but completely broke her in what seems to be minutes.
Her body can't absorb more punishment. I was seriously left breathless and horribly saddened after finishing the book. There is no doubt that this novel is one of the best novels so far.
Wounded Gazelle Gambit : Kevin pulls these over and over, especially noticeable when he accuses his teacher of molestation.
She examines her son's life, from conception to his terrible act of violence, trying to understand the why of it. Well, yeah. I was innocently reading an article in the New Yorker about Lionel Shriver, and the idiot writer spelled out the whole surprise ending without any warning at all. Because my son was the same age as her child, and if I ever pulled a stunt like leaving him alone long enough for him to notice I was gone, he wouldn't have beamed at me when I came back.
He is a character who believes in nothing and takes a destructive path as a sinister air is always around him. It's a very West Wing impulse, and meant to be trite. Yet this isn't really good enough. It doesn't surprise Eva that Kevin doesn't like him at all. Eva is the ultimate gender non-conforming character.May 01, · PUBLISHERS WEEKLY MAR 24, A starred or boxed review indicates a book of outstanding quality.
A review with a blue-tinted title indicates a book of unusual commercial interest that hasn't received a starred or boxed hildebrandsguld.com NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVINLionel Shriver/5().
Oct 29, · We Need to Talk About Kevin is based on the book by Lionel Schriver which, through a series of detailed letters, looks at life through Eva Khatchadourian's eyes as she deals with the aftermath of a school shooting where her teenage son Kevin was the shooter.
Through writing to her now absent husband (and Kevin's father) Franklin, she considers who is at fault for Kevin's actions on that hildebrandsguld.com: Little Eva. Like Shriver’s charged and incisive later novels, including So Much for That and The Post-Birthday World, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a piercing, unforgettable, and penetrating exploration of violence, family ties, and responsibility, a book that the Boston Globe describes as “sometimes searing [and] impossible to put down.”Cited by: 1.
Lionel Shriver’s novel We Need to Talk About Kevin features a ripped-from-the-headlines plot about a school shooter, but it is much more a story about the dark side of motherhood. The novel is. Re: “We Need to Talk About Kevin” I haven’t read the book, but I watched the movie last night.
Reading these comments has helped me understand the movie a bit better. But I still have this one question–what is this trial that Eva went through where she lost her house etc.
"We Need To Talk About Kevin" is a disquieting, provocative, and brilliantly written novel about a mother, desperately attempting to understand why her son, year-old Kevin, brutally, with premeditation, murdered seven of his fellow classmates, a cafeteria worker and his English teacher in a Columbine-style school hildebrandsguld.com by: 1.