Saturday, 25 February 2012

Lionel Shriver - We need to talk about Kevin

Lionel Shriver - We need to talk about Kevin

The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry

Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.

'an outstanding reading by Lorelei King who captures all the anger, shock, dismay - but never denial - that Eva Khatchadourian experiences when her 15-year-old son slays nine people at his high school. 'Gripping' is an over-used adjective - but not here, as Eva explores her feelings in a series of letters to the husband who hasn't lived with her since the day of the killings.' (Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS )

'This icily forensic, deeply disturbing story takes the form of letters from the mother of a brilliant, evil, teenage murderer to her husband, recounting her prison visits and remembering the circumstances of his upbringing. Lorelei King is the queen of readers: she brings to this performance sharp intelligence and a perfect, weary restraint, building up to the fearsome denouement that freezes the blood.' (Sue Gaisford INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY )

'may work better as an abridged audiobook than as a novel. Some critics have said that Shriver overwrites but there doesn't seem to be a wasted word as Lorelei King narrates the harrowing tale of a 15-year-old archer who kills seven of his classmates.' (Christina Hardyment THE TIMES )

'Lorelei King is once again the consummate reader. There is no faulting her performance, as she brings every character to life, making you feel the horror that is central to this story.' (Emma Fisher OTTAKARS (staff review) )

'brilliant, especially Lorelei King's reading.' (Sue Arnold GUARDIAN )


The Movie – 80% by Rotten Tomatoes

A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin explores the factious relationship between a mother and her son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, We Need to Talk About Kevin explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva's own culpability is measured against Kevin's innate evilness. -- (C) Oscilloscope

1 comment:


    I've been looking for this book for so long! I really don't know how I haven't come across your blog earlier! I've actually lost all hope, to be honest, but decided to give it one last try...and I wasn't disappointed :)

    I really am very grateful to you for sharing this wonderful book with me(us). After seeing the movie I know I JUST HAD to also read the book, and the anticipation was so big, but the reality hit me hard: the books was way to expensive to buy it right now ...and if I wanted to buy it in English, since I don't live in an English speaking country, I had to pay almost DOUBLE the price for it!! Which is INSANE! And I really wanted to read it in the original language...translation are good, but I prefer the original language if I can help it :)

    So again, Thank you very much! You are doing a very generous act of kindness here, and I really cant thank you enough or tell you how excited I am tight now...I even did a little happy dance when I notice it was the "real deal" and not another fake link!

    Bless your kind heart, my friend! Keep up the good work!

    I will start to read now!