Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Book review: We need to talk about Kevin
My bookclub is finally up and running again after a 6 month hiatus which I am happy about as I love reading books I wouldn't usually pick up. This month we read 'We need to talk about Kevin' by Lionel Shriver which is actually a book I have been wanting to read for along time but hadn't got around too it.
The book is written from the perspective of Kevin's mother, Eva and are in the form of letters to Kevin's father Franklin. The letters detail how Eva has always struggled to love her son Kevin and deals with whether she is to blame for the highschool massacre Kevin went on, killing 11 people who went to his high school.
This book was confronting as you deal with emotions that are rarely associated with children and the excitement of having a a baby. Is it possible to not love your child? Can people be born evil? And of course the age old question of nature v nurture. I enjoyed this book, though I wouldn't say that it was an easy read. It took me nearly four weeks to get through it. It just bought up so many emotions in me that I felt I needed to put it down every now and than and just think about it. Lionel has an absolute talent for expressing emotion and creating empathy in her reader. Now I am tossing up whether or not to see the movie? Have you seen it?
What are you reading at the moment? I have just started 'The Shadow Girl' which is terrific so far but I will report back once its finished.