Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Columbine by Dave Cullen

I thought a long time before reading Columbine, by Dave Cullen because I wasn't sure I wanted to know the gory details of that horrific event. I read numerous reviews of the book first because although I was curious to see the analysis ten years out, I didn't want to read about it if it wasn't well written. All the reviews I saw were positive, in terms of writing, reporting, balanced, interesting, etc., but they were all also like this post, cautious, pensive, a lot not said. There is much to learn from Mr. Cullen's book about Columbine, and it certainly provided much better information than gleaned from news reports, but it still felt like something I didn't want to know. Like, both of the kids that committed the murders were raised in good homes with no apparent reasons for why they did what they did. Like, the police had plenty of information in advance to stop the slaughter before it happened. I don't even want to talk about it anymore, but I am glad that I read the book.

I'm going to go have a glass of wine and try to forget about Columbine (the event) and The Shack (the book).



  1. You are still being lied to. Big time. If you want to find out what really happened at Columbine I suggest you read what the eyewitnesses had to say:


  2. Thanks, SueAnn. I'm glad you are happy you read it. I hope it was an engrossing read.

  3. Wow! A note from Dave Cullen - impressive when an author actually responds to a review! I share your views on The Shack - never could get into it - maybe we missed something everyone else is getting. Also noticed Rick Bragg's Ava's Man one of your favorites - one of mine also and have you read his All Over But the Shoutin' - you will like it also. My latest favorite is Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley. So nice to read your comments on books. What would we do without reading? Charlena (P. S. Columbine is next on my "to read" list.)

  4. Thanks, Charlena - I have been meaning to read Rick Bragg's other book, but recently got sucked into the really, really good, "Dark Places" by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote what is reportedly a good book, “Sharp Objects.” I'll check out "Losing Mum and Pup" by Buckley. Love good book recommendations. My Niece, who is an English Professor at Penn State, recommended “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder, and “The Hour I First Believed” by Wally Lamb, who also wrote “I Know This Much Is True,” which I liked, and “She’s Come Undone,” which I didn’t. SueAnn