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5.0 out of 5 stars Skilful, thought-provoking and shocking, 13 Mar. 2006
This review is from: We Need To Talk About Kevin (Paperback)
This skilfully constructed novel about high-school killings and parenthood raises a huge range of interesting questions. To what extent are parents responsible for the way their children turn out? Where does evil come from? Why do people commit massacres? Cleverly, Lionel Shriver does not answer these questions, but provides plenty of discussion material, for example by making both parents of the evil-doing Kevin deeply (and sometimes maddeningly) flawed. A gripping, harrowing read.
Downside: don't read this if you're upset by graphic violence.
For another take on some of these issues, try Doris Lessing's excellent - and equally harrowing - "The Fifth Child".
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