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We Need to Talk About Kevin (Serpent's Tail Classics) Paperback – 1 Feb 2016
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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
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This superb, many-layered novel intelligently weighs the culpability of parental nurture against the nightmarish possibilities of an innately evil child
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Recently I saw a post on instagram which said this was disturbing on all levels, and that reader was right!!
I gave in and started reading it again and this time I finished it (YAY!!)
Writing style is very new to me, Eva communicates with her husband Franklin via letters and each are dated and a lot of details of the current and past events (really tough to keep track of it, especially for a reader like me who reads multiple books at a time) - all of Eva's letters till the 1st half sounds like rant, rant, rant - and the book kicks up pace once Kevin grows up and starts talking.
This book was disturbing in all levels - teaches the reader that a human being can be smart, intelligent, patient, meticulous planner and cunning!
Cannot share more details, this book is a must read - parent or not, read this book!
Ultimately, I was disappointed in this movie, because of the lack of resolution. I understand what was driving at - "sometimes there is no why" - but it didn't fulfill me.
Tilda Swinton is Eva, the titular Kevin's mother, who is trying to come to terms with her son's crimes. Through a series of flashbacks, we see her meeting Kevin's father, having a job she enjoys and then eventually giving birth to Kevin - who is a difficult child. Mother and son have difficulty bonding, although there is nothing overtly wrong. A daughter follows, and this deepens the divide between mother and son. Interspersed with this build up, we see Eva visiting her now grown up son in prison, and treated badly by the townspeople for her son's undescribed crime.
And this where the movie falls down.
In the final reveal, we see that Kevin has killed his father and sister, and then set about massacring his classmates with a bow and arrow. This in itself, isn't my issue. My issue is this; Eva finally confronts her son, as he is about to be moved from juvenile to adult prison. Kevin tells her that he used to know why he did it... but now he's not so sure.
And that's it.
I know that this movie is based on Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin, but it felt like it was borrowing heavily from Stephen King's "Rage" (when he was writing as Richard Bachman) - where a student takes his class hostage for reasons that cannot be articulated. I wanted more from this movie - is Kevin mentally ill? Has his relationship with his mother pushed him to this? Is he just evil? There are no answers, and there was no satisfaction for me.
Over a series of letters to her absent husband, Franklin, Eva goes back over her life - from their blissful days together as a a successful childless couple to the eventual (and hesitant on her part) decision to have a child. Kevin - who is revealed from the start as an eventual serial killer - turns out to be a monstrous child. Certainly Eva is rather lacking in maternal warmth, her opinions on him even as an infant attributing thoughts that surely don't exist in one so young:
"To me he was never 'the baby'. He was a singular, unusually cunning individual who had arrived to stay with us and just happened to be very small. For you he was 'our son' - or ,once you started to give up on me, 'my son'. "
But then Eva is writing in hindsight, many years down the line, when she sees what he is capable of. And while her post natal depression and one act of violence may not have helped, in many ways she seems an OK parent. And surely her husband's over-the-top attention to the boy's welfare, his eternal refusals to accept anything bad attributed to Kevin, surely made up for lack of maternal qualities.
Although we may question Eva's every thought on her son, most incidents she reports seem pretty black and white. The stream of nannies who quit almost immediately, his strange uninterested demeanour as he grew older. The later acts of violence that - while not provable - seem to only be attributable to their highly intelligent son... And of course the horrific end...
But there are confusing episodes too. The way Kevin turns to his mother when he's ill; some of the things he says, implying he wants her admiration and praise...
You might think that to write a book where the reader knows the outcome at the start would be hard to pull off. When the letters are all working towards that final awful incident, Thursday, how can the author sustain the excitement. But I promise she absolutely keeps you reading, following the workings of her mind, her observations on life in the US, and Kevin's increasingly awful behaviour - and her failing relationship with her husband, as he seems unable to admit to any wrongdoing in the child...
A book that you want to re-read to study the participants again, to try to decipher whether Eva has exaggerated Kevin's awfulness, whether he could have been turned around if she'd not seen him as a devil child from birth.
Absolutely fantastic book that will remain with you.
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