We Need To Talk About Kevin (Five Star Paperback) Paperback – 9 May 2006
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In fact everybody needs to talk about Kevin. Once in a while, a stunningly powerful novel comes along, knocks you sideways and takes your breath away: this is it... a horrifying, original, witty, brave and deliberately provocative investigation into all the casual assumptions we make about family life, and motherhood in particular (Daily Mail)
This superb, many-layered novel intelligently weighs the culpability of parental nurture against the nightmarish possibilities of an innately evil child (Daily Telegraph 2006-05-06)
Urgent, unblinking and articulate fiction (Sunday Times 2006-05-07)
Cleverly balances the grand guignol and the mundane (Guardian 2006-05-06)
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 (The Sunday Telegraph 2006-05-21)
A study of despair, a book of ideas and a deconstruction of modern American morality (David Baddiel The Times)
One of my favourite novels... the best thing I've read in years (Jeremy Vine London Magazine)
The Orange prize winning, million copy bestseller: now a Serpent's Tail classic, with a new foreword by Kate Mosse --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The complete lack of any attempt to form a stable relationship with Kevin, taking umbridge with him from the point of his refusal to breastfeed. Attitudes from the mother surely had a hand in the way he grew up (although the way his father was clearly worked out no better in the end).
Why he did what he did!?!?! The "accountability" aspect that bothered him so much makes me think that he selected one person to represent each different type of person and held them accountable for the entire type of people that he had issues with.
His quick turn around from one Saturday, clearly not caring about what or why he did it to the next visit (close to his 18th birthday) suddenly appearing as though he actually had remorse over the event seemed a bit too sudden for me.
The reason I'm giving this five stars is because the writing is simply superb. I found it easy to read and I love the way she has formatted the work as a series of letters. I think Lionel Shriver is operating on a level that makes her an excellent writer rather than just a good one. It's hard to describe but the foreshadowing is subtle and obvious at the same time. We all know what Kevin has done but Shriver makes us want to know the fascinating details. An excellent work.
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Witty, dark and intelligent. This book is very verbose, I didn't find it easy to read, and was frequently scrambling for the dictionary. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sean W.
Shriver writes about Amercan middle class angst like no other with a dark humour that is delightfulPublished 14 days ago by simon cooper
Sublime illustration of a woman who doesn't realise how dissatisfied she really is. And then bad things happen. Gripping until the very end.Published 24 days ago by Gundog
A re-read from years ago, and I'd actually forgotten the ending - so glad I had as I was metaphorically punched in the eye. A magnificent book.Published 1 month ago by Lovejoy
A slow start, but then I couldn't put it down . ShockingPublished 2 months ago by Dr. H. J. S. Bufton