We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver Reviews
Description:ISBN 1852428899 / Author: Lionel Shriver / Genre: Fiction
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by - written on 01/08/13 (Very useful, 50 readings)
Since finishing Uni for good this June I have spent more time lounging around on the internet rather than reading. Even when I picked up 'We Need to Talk about Kevin' from the library I didn't open the book up until a few weeks later. Then I got into it...and finished the book within a day. It is surprising how productive I can be with an afternoon off the internet! Released in 2003, 'We Need to Talk about Kevin' is a critically acclaimed novel by Lionel Shriver. In 2011 a movie adaptation was released starring Tilda Swinton, which was how I first came to hear of the book. My sister really enjoyed watching the movie and recommended it to me, so I decided to go ... Read the complete review
by - written on 21/07/11, updated on 22/07/11 (Very useful, 138 readings)
We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver has been described as a psychological thriller, a philosophical investigation, a psycho-horror, a compelling drama, a moral tale, an American family nightmare, and a study of the age-old themes of nature versus nurture, mother-child relationships and parenting in general- amongst other things. The book is written in first person, and the story is told through a series of self-confessional letters written by Eva Khatchadourian to her 'absent' husband Franklin Plaskett. I initially found it frustrating that Eva's letters to Franklin are so detailed and digressive; surely an estranged (ex?) husband would not be ... Read the complete review
by - written on 02/02/09 (Very useful, 369 readings)
To say Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin is a compelling, shocking, thought-provoking novel sounds like the recitation of one of the trite quotes adorning a bestseller's front cover. However, this is fair praise for the 2005 Orange Prize winner, which spins a powerful tale from a difficult subject. I say difficult; in a sense, it should be easy to create a novel based around the events with which WNTTAK deals, so inherently full of emotion and shock value as it is. To relate the story well, however - to take the chilling, powerful premise and turn it into a story with such depth and resonance as that here - that is something entirely more ... Read the complete review
by - written on 17/07/12, updated on 17/07/12 (Very useful, 38 readings)
I saw the film version of this book last year in the cinema and was absolutely stunned. The film is provocative, interesting and made me think deeply about parenthood and the role it plays in a child's development. I absolutely fell in love with it and knew I had to go back and read the book. I actually prefer to read the book after I've seen the film. I find that if I read the book first I pick holes in the film (My sisters keeper...) and it makes me hate the film. If I have seen the film first it actually really helps me to visualise and it also means I end up loving the film and also loving the book. The film is also a really good indication for me of whether I will .. Read the complete review
by - written on 03/07/12 (Very useful, 42 readings)
- Spoilers! - I cannot write about this book without giving away certain plot points, slightly more than the blurb, so if you don't want the book spoilt, please don't carry on reading. Sorry. I have been a big reader for years, but now in the summer holiday I have been conquering my reading list, and We Need to Talk about Kevin. I first saw this book in my local bookstore, and with a film still from the movie, it looked very interesting and reading the blurb and the last paragraph (weird habit, I know!) made me more interested in the book. My version of the book has a film still on the front, which starred Tilda Swinton, and the cover ... Read the complete review
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