We Need to Talk About Kevin

by Lionel Shriver | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1852428899 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingMolyneuxwing of Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on 9/2/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by wingMolyneuxwing from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, September 2, 2005
A book with very good reviews - and featured on BBC 1's Page Turners (which for me was on at the wrong time of day since I work! Heard very little about it).

From Amazon:

Book Description
Nature or nurture: what makes a monster?
Tackling the ultimate tabooo - that a mother can't dislike her own child -Lionel Shriver has written a brutally compelling book that encourages the reader to engage with a most contested moral dilemma.
'Elegant investigation...with a brilliant denouement' Observer --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and a popular algebra teacher. Because he was only fifteen at the time of the killings, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders in upstate New York. Telling the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses herself to her estranged husband through a series of letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a deep, long-standing ambivalence about both motherhood in general and Kevin in particular. How much is her fault? Lionel Shriver tells a compelling, absorbing, and resonant story while framing these horrifying tableaux of teenage carnage as metaphors for the larger tragedy - the tragedy of a country where everything works, nobody starves, and anything can be bought but a sense of purpose.

This was passed to me for bookcrossing by a friend...not sure if it's my kind of book, so will mark it available for anyone who would like it!

Journal Entry 2 by wingMolyneuxwing from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, November 18, 2005
A book I don't think I would have normally have read given the fact it's about a mass murderer. However I really did enjoy it - quite fascinating & I couldn't put it down!

Journal Entry 3 by wingMolyneuxwing from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, November 18, 2005
Just started out on a BookRing.

Rainbow1054 (skipped)
LindaB28 (asked to be skipped)
SwanOfKennet<.....book here

Journal Entry 4 by Jenatleisure from Chobham, Surrey United Kingdom on Saturday, December 31, 2005
picked this up from Molyneux
when I saw her mid November, but only just getting round to journalling it now.
Rainbow asked to be skip so Im going to contact helly

Journal Entry 5 by Helly77 from Preston, Lancashire United Kingdom on Thursday, March 23, 2006
received safe and well this morning.... Will read asap, have been looking forward to it!!
Piku doesnt appear to exist anymore, so let me know what to do with this next :)

okay, it appears that iku is actually Piiku.... i have the address and will mail it as soonas i have finished :)

Journal Entry 6 by Helly77 from Preston, Lancashire United Kingdom on Monday, April 24, 2006
i found this quite difficult to read, but once I had got into it I did find it quite gripping. I am very glad that I have read it.

Thanks for sharing.... I will post it to Piiku asap :D


sorry about the delay, but this is now on the way to Piiku :D

Released 15 yrs ago (5/8/2006 UTC) at Bookring in a RABCK, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases



sorry about the delay, but this is now on the way to Piiku :D

Journal Entry 9 by wingPiikuwing from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Monday, June 5, 2006
It's here, thanks!

Journal Entry 10 by wingPiikuwing from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Monday, June 19, 2006
I have tried to start reading the book a couple of times, but it simply is too difficult for me. It's possible that I will find a copy and read it later (it still sounds interesting!), but I will not stall this ring. I already have herrgirl's address, will mail the book tomorrow.

Journal Entry 11 by herrgirl from Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 22, 2006
Received today from Piiku, thank you for sending it on, so beautifully packaged. And thank you for the little extras that came with it. I shall enjoy looking at the book on Turku and reliving the time I spent in Finland.

Journal Entry 12 by herrgirl from Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 4, 2006
This is a dark, gripping tale, which explores the troubled relationship between a mother and her son, and the guilt it brings her. Eva admits to feeling alienated from the son she is expected by society to love unconditionally and who seems from birth to reciprocate those feelings. In her letters to her estranged husband, Eva goes methodically through events in her life before and after Kevin's birth, hiding nothing. She has in fact nothing to lose by her honest revelations as she has already lost everything. At the end she has no more idea than we as readers do as to why Kevin did what he did.

Not a feel-good book by any stretch of the imagination, but an intriguing one with a twist which I didn't anticipate.

Chelseagirl has already read this, so it will be on its way to mellowdaisy as soon as I get her address.

Journal Entry 13 by mellowdaisy on Saturday, July 8, 2006
This arrived this morning, thank you for sending it to me herrgirl and thank you for starting the ring Molyneux. I hope to get round to this soon but I have about 4 ring books before it! If I can't get it read in time then I will PM people and get something sorted.

Journal Entry 14 by mellowdaisy on Saturday, August 12, 2006
Well, I must say I found this quite hard to get into at the beginning and was slighty disappointed because I'd heard good things about this book. However, I did get into it and found myself not wanting to put it down as I wanted to find out more and more about Kevin and what happened in the lead up to that dreadful day and throughout his childhood. I felt more and more sad that he was the way he was but there was some comfort in that it seems he had an underlying love for his mother which he eventually did show, although I'm sure that's not the circumstances a mother would want to realise that! I agree about the twist though - I didn't see it coming and had to check back a few pages to make sure what I'd read was right, I found it hard to believe but then realised that it explained a few things!

I won't say anymore for fear of spoiling it for those who haven't read it! I've PMed marie-therese and will get this sent on as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 15 by marie-therese from Kirkintilloch, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, August 17, 2006
recieved today from mellowdaisy, thanks for posting it to me :o) Really looking forward to reading this one, however, I've another 2 bookrings to get through first but will send it on it's way again as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 16 by marie-therese from Kirkintilloch, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, September 16, 2006
Wow what a book!! and I have the dark circles under my eyes to prove it - was up till after 3am finishing it (not a good idea when I'm off to Warsaw for a 4 day trip in half an hour and feel like a zombie!!)

I have to say this is probably the best book I've read this year. It really got me thinking, I even found myself discussing it with my BF, my hairdresser, my Mum. The whole nature/nurture thing intrigues me and I found myself looking at the events in the book from different viewpoints, as a mother, an (ex) kindergarten teacher and even as a midwife as the relationship between Kevin and Eva started to go sour right from birth. I wasn't totally shocked by the ending in fact I was probably expecting it. Most of the book I saw Kevin as a little b*****d but there were a few times where I thought it was Eva who had the biggest problem.

All in all an absolutely fantastic read, thanks to Molyneux for sharing. As I said I'm just about to head off to Poland but I'll PM SwanofKennet and get it off to her as soon as I get back.

Journal Entry 17 by marie-therese from Kirkintilloch, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, September 22, 2006
Posted off to SwanOfKennet today.

Journal Entry 18 by SwanOfKennet from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
This arrived on Saturday morning but I had visiors and got distracted, so it's waited until now to be journalled.

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