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We need to talk about Kevin - just how bad does it get?

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claudiaschiffer Thu 10-Jul-08 13:56:33

Ok so i'm about half way though this book, Celia has just been born and I'm worried that Kevin does something so awful to her, that i'm a bit "eek" about reading on.

Go on, reassure me, surely it can't be as bad as I'm imagining.

I know this all sounds so wussy but I have a really lovely sweet dd whom Celia reminds me of and I really really don't want to read anything horrifying about gruesome Kevin torturing his lovely little sis.

Apart from that I'm LOVING it. It's fab and such an interesting/appalling (in a good way) read. Anyone got any thoughts?

TillyScoutsmum Thu 10-Jul-08 13:58:16

Errm - don;t know what to say without giving anything away..

It is quite harrowing in parts, but worth finishing imo

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LyraSilvertongue Thu 10-Jul-08 13:59:46

You won't like the ending in that case but read on. It's worth it.

claudiaschiffer Thu 10-Jul-08 14:00:21

But do you mean horrowing in the way it has already been harrowing or does it get worse and worse?

Rubyrubyruby Thu 10-Jul-08 14:00:44

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LyraSilvertongue Thu 10-Jul-08 14:00:56

Much worse.

Rubyrubyruby Thu 10-Jul-08 14:01:03

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iamdingdong Thu 10-Jul-08 14:01:16

it is harrowing, it is also a good read, yuo need to finish it!

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claudiaschiffer Thu 10-Jul-08 14:02:11

|It is fab Ruby, very interesting about motherhood. It actually makes me feel like a VERY good mum (which is nice) as I don't actively loathe my child(ren). But lummy it's full on.

Rubyrubyruby Thu 10-Jul-08 14:02:31

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claudiaschiffer Thu 10-Jul-08 14:02:54

Oh crumbs mildmanneredjanitor.

cornsilk Thu 10-Jul-08 14:03:10

I actually found the ending less harrowing than what she went through parenting him. I think the parenting bits hit home more as in ' That could be me - please don't let mine turn out like that!'

Rubyrubyruby Thu 10-Jul-08 14:03:30

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hertsnessex Thu 10-Jul-08 14:03:38

keep reading. its a great book!

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OomphreyCushion Thu 10-Jul-08 14:03:49

Can't really say much without posting spoilers.
Just be prepared. grin

cornsilk Thu 10-Jul-08 14:04:12

It is shocking.

MsDemeanor Thu 10-Jul-08 14:04:22

I don't understand why this book got so much attention and respect for apparently saying something 'important' about parenthood. It's surely just a grand guignol horror, with no insight at all. The loony writer (Lionel hmm ) has no kids, no experience of kids and doesn't like kids.

Rubyrubyruby Thu 10-Jul-08 14:05:34

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cornsilk Thu 10-Jul-08 14:05:49

Because people were gripped by it.

claudiaschiffer Thu 10-Jul-08 14:06:16

Dontcha think Cornsilk that it's a bit reassuring about parenting tho, as surely I CANNOT be as bad as that.

OomphreyCushion, I shall brace myself for the worstsmile

Piffle Thu 10-Jul-08 14:07:39

I think the ending is important as the preceding text is retrospective so you need to know what he did to understand their dynamic when he is detained....
I was shocked to be fair. But not surprised.

claudiaschiffer Thu 10-Jul-08 14:08:53

Surely msdemeanor it is the whole nature/nurture debate writ to the MAX? Is Kevin just a horrible BAD kid or is his cold mother - at least partly - to blame for his veryvery bad deeds.

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