I read this book on the recommendation of Lisa of Books on the Brain. She said she needed to talk about this with someone. I got it from the library.
Here’s what I said in a post titled ‘BOOKS!‘ back on December 11, 2007:
Now, I’m fully into We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. I was almost turned OFF enough by the first few pages that I was tempted to pass and begin instead on The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.
I really do not believe that anyone would write letters in such a style – so intellectually ‘wordy’ – to an ex husband. NO ONE I know would write like that! And, therein lies the point. I probably just don’t know enough people well enough to know how they would write to an ex-husband. Keep going, Care, keep reading.
I yap further on the ‘insensible UN-MAKE-SENSE-ABLE actions’ and offer a great quote, as well.
Then I wrote in a post titled “Computer is Down‘, dated December 14, 2007:
I did finish We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. wow.
Which I got taken to task for by Lisa. So I wrote another post ‘Explain the Wow’, dated December 15, 2007:
(You really might want to click on that post and read the whole thing…)
Ah… and the reason I gave only a ‘wow’ – and it was a subdued, “OH MY GOD! … huh. eek. goodness. All I can say is… (pause)
To say more would give a lot away?!
I attempted to expound,
‘wow’ was sad with only a stunned calm sadness.
and also added,
a ‘wow’ for skill on the author’s part.
and agreed with Lisa and Trish that this book begs to be discussed, out loud, in conversation, face to face.
You can read Lisa’s review here and/or Trish’s review here. (and the many more at Fyrefly’s book blog search. Lisa and Trish were my blog-buds way back in the day and they commented on THE post, so I thought it appropriate to let you quickly find their thoughts on this horrific book.)
My bookclub, THE BOOKIES, meets this Wednesday to talk about Kevin and I expect it to be fraught with emotion. KB asked me about the box and I don’t remember a box! Maybe I put it out of my mind? I did not want to reread this book so I am glad I revisited my blog posts. I am grateful I have been blogging my thoughts on the hundreds of books I’ve read since 2007! wow. (A happy ‘wow’.)
OK, then. DO WE STILL NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN SOME MORE?! ;)