With apologies to Lionel Shriver who wrote the great book, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, We Need To Talk About Kevin.
And the reason for this title? Well, for those of you who’ve read the book, Dino reminded me of Kevin.
I must admit, I’m not one for corporal punishment but, sometimes it is necessary, especially as you can’t reason with dogs. So a sharp whack (but not hard) on the backside usually works. However, whereas with most puppies, one of these sharp whacks elicits some sort of yelp or whimper and then a scurrying away, with Dino, the other day, it was quite noticeably weird.
Firstly, Dino makes no noise. None at all. And then, rather than scamper away, I found him sitting right behind me, looking at me with his big blue eyes, head slightly tilted, as if to say ‘Yeah? And now what?’
Then I realised that this was not uncommon for him and that he had almost always been like this.
I’m just pleased that he is not able to get or use a gun because, if he was a child, I would be thinking he was another Kevin for certain.
Although N was rather scathing about the book, I thought it was great and have re-read it several times, each time getting something new from it. Do read it if you get the chance and, these days, you can get quite cheap versions.