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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
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05/13/2011 "Tilda Swinton stars in the film version of this book = I'm so there."
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Laura E. Hall It's equally interesting and painful to read a book during which you alternately hate, sympathize with and pity the main characters. From the cold mother who hates her son from the moment of his birth, to the dopey father with blinders on, to the unfeeling school shooter son, readers are forced to acknowledge and consider all the shades of gray that make up a human personality, making it possible for us to both love and loathe each one.

Also interesting is that it presents the relationship of the mother and son in a way that can be read two ways; either her coldness forcing him to act out (eventually culminating in murder), or his inborn evil forcing her to go through the motions of motherhood, even when it's impossible to form an emotional attachment. It isn't a stretch to say that it's a Catch-22 for both of them.


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