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A gripping page-turner full of shocks and surprises
on 2 October 2017
I watched the film of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the original Swedish version, directed by Niels Arden Oplev) late at night, sitting on the top deck of a cruise ship that was traveling from Accra to Cape Town. The film was projected onto a screen under a star-spangled sky and there was only one other person present, a lady of a certain age, who got up and left hurriedly when the Lisbeth Salander (the girl of the title) launched a particularly calculated and sadistic attack on her sexually exploitative guardian. The film was so brilliant that I was nervous of reading the book, but now I have I acknowledge that it is even richer, more complex, more troubling. It would be the first of what author Stieg Larsson intended to be a whole series of novels, though he died prematurely after completing only three, published posthumously. So he never knew what critical acclaim he would receive -- deservedly so, on the basis of this gripping page-turner, where shocks and surprises abound. So of course now I can't wait to read the other two.