Geek, Rattus, Brunette Trixie, AJane and anyone else who has read We Need to Talk About Kevin:
Even after finishing the book about a week ago, I am still thinking about it. I still dislike most of the characters; but the writing was wonderful and it brought up some really interesting questions re: nature vs nuture.
I believe Kevin was (to put it roughly) 'born bad'. I remember reading a book years and years ago about Nancy Spoengen (girlfriend of a deceased punk rocker - I think it was Sid Vicious) written by her mom. Apparantly, Nancy was a 'bad seed' right out of the womb.
Further to that thought, I think Kevin's mom escalated her son's tendencies by being a rather spoiled, difficult mother. The father also contributed by going the opposite route, which Kevin took as opportunity to constantly mock him.
I'll be thinking about this for a long time, thank you so much, Geek for recommending it!
Coincidentally, Geek, I am just finishing The Abstinence Teacher and can't wait to see what happens next. I read Little Children and saw the film) earlier this year and really enjoyed it. Perrotta's writing reminds me a little of Ann Tyler; The Abstinence Teacher is somewhat like her Saint Maybe.Originally Posted by geek the girl;2715640;