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We Need to Talk about Kevin

By Lionel Shriver

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| Paperback | 9781582432687

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That neither nature nor nurture bears sole responsibility for a child's character is self-evident. But such generalizations provide cold comfort if it's your own child who's just opened fire on his fellow algebra students and whose class photograph-- Continue

That neither nature nor nurture bears sole responsibility for a child's character is self-evident. But such generalizations provide cold comfort if it's your own child who's just opened fire on his fellow algebra students and whose class photograph--with its unseemly grin--is blown up on the evening news coast-to-coast. The question of who's to blame for teenage atrocity tortures our narrator, Eva Khatchadourian. How much is her fault? Two years ago, her 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, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders in upstate New York. "We Need to Talk About Kevin offers no pat explanations for why so many white, well-to-do adolescents have gone off the rails while growing up in suburban comfort. Instead, Lionel Shriver tells a compelling, absorbing, and resonant story while framing these horrifying tableaus of teenage carnage as metaphors for the larger tragedy of a country where everything works, nobody starves, and anything can be bought but a sense of purpose.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    ... e ora parliamo di noi

    "Per quanto ammirevole, il tuo bisogno impellente di sacrificare l’esistenza per il ben di un’altra persona poteva dipendere dal fatto che quando avevi la vita interamente nelle tue mani, non sapevi che fartene. Immolarsi a volte è un’utile scappatoi ...(continue)

    "Per quanto ammirevole, il tuo bisogno impellente di sacrificare l’esistenza per il ben di un’altra persona poteva dipendere dal fatto che quando avevi la vita interamente nelle tue mani, non sapevi che fartene. Immolarsi a volte è un’utile scappatoia. So che questo può sembrarti poco gentile, ma io credo che il tuo desiderio smodato di liberarti di te stesso – se questo concetto non è troppo astratto – abbia caricato nostro figlio di un terribile fardello.” (p.76)

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    Ella Blue said on Sep 15, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    I was warned by a few friends, most of whom are mothers, about how confronting this book is before I started reading it. Maybe my expectation of the disconcerting nature of the book is therefore over-inflated, which resulted in my initial disappointm ...(continue)

    I was warned by a few friends, most of whom are mothers, about how confronting this book is before I started reading it. Maybe my expectation of the disconcerting nature of the book is therefore over-inflated, which resulted in my initial disappointment of the effect the story has brought upon me. However, as a whole, I like the way the narrator traced back and reconstructed the history of her relationship with her family. From the very beginning the story is over-shadowed by the fact that Kevin kills 9 people three days before he turned 16. However, it is not until the last two letters that the most unbearable truth about the fate of the family is disclosed to the readers. I found some of the allusions to the American culture and slangs hard to get into sometimes, but it doesn't mine the "pleasure" (if this is right word to describe the process of reading) I experienced from its good story-telling.

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    Инда Туккан said on Jun 28, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Terribile e meraviglioso. La violenza e la crudeltà di un bambino vista dagli occhi orribilmente stupiti di sua madre. Angosciante.

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    Mauro Torquati57 said on Mar 10, 2014 | Add your feedback

  • 2 people find this helpful

    Agghiacciante

    Se devo dare un voto gli darei il massimo. Il contenuto è agghiacciante, un pugno nello stomaco ma che stimola ampie riflessioni sul ruolo dei genitori e dei figli. Inoltre è scritto benissimo. Da leggere.

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    Tini Donatello said on Mar 10, 2014 | 1 feedback

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    Non è malaccio solo che questa indagine psicologica che la madre di Kevin compie a in forma epistolare alla fine mi ha stancato. Prevedibile, ma credo possa piacere alle lettrici di sesso femminile.

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    Friski70 said on Feb 15, 2014 | 2 feedbacks

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    Altamente sconsigliato alle donne in dolce attesa, da qui forse il commento negativo!

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    Dedé said on Feb 7, 2014 | Add your feedback

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