Tales From the Bitface (Posts about we need to talk about kevin)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:57:39 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssWe Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver (Books 2007, 2)https://devilgate.org/blog/2007/07/19/we-need-to-talk-about-kevin-by-lionel-shriver-books-2007-2/Martin McCallion<div><p></p><p>Wow. This is an amazing piece of work. The mother of a high-school killer writes letters to her husband, describing Kevin’s life as she experienced it. I can’t write a lot about it without getting heavy on the spoilers, but I will just say this.</p> <p>When I was a few pages in I was getting a strong sense of this absence of a voice: the husband was not to be heard. But then I thought two things. First, <em>all</em> epistolary novels are like that to some extent; though it is possible for the letter-writer to refer to things their correspondent has written in return.</p> <p>Second, it occurred to me that Shriver, by excluding the man’s voice, might have been making a point about the relative exclusion of women’s voices in literature. In other words, the way I was feeling might be akin to how Jean Rhys <a href=”http://discussingbooks.cohprog.com/dbe/English/WideSargassoSea.htm”>must have felt</a> when she read <em>Jane Eyre</em>.</p> <p>I don’t, now, think that she was particularly trying to do that, though the effect of the early chapters is still there.</p> <p>I’ll say no more for fear of spoilers, except: highly recommended.</p></div>Booksbooks 2007charlotte brontëepistolary novelsjane eyrelionel shrivershriverwe need to talk about kevinhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2007/07/19/we-need-to-talk-about-kevin-by-lionel-shriver-books-2007-2/Thu, 19 Jul 2007 21:39:25 GMT