Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

This book and the movie based on it have been hyped a lot, so I had to see what all the talk was about. I felt the novel was well written and very intriguing in places.

There are two main plots in the book. The one, a quest to discover what happened to a woman who had disappeared forty years earlier, is wonderful, with twists that keep surprising and revealing strange facts about the woman's family. I was caught up in that story and couldn't put the book down at times.

The other, the battle between the journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the billionaire Hans-Erik Wennerström, was not as interesting. I thought this plot went on too long.

The book has both graphic sex and graphic violence. Most of the time those are one and the same in a way that is disturbing. But given the subject matter I felt the scenes were necessary.

One of the most interesting aspects of this book is the title character, Lisbeth Salander. She is an extremely intelligent woman with a photographic memory. But her antisocial behavior leads others to think of her as slow and to treat her poorly for that reason. Following her relationship with Mikael Blomkvist was fascinating.

I intend to read the other two books in the trilogy.

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