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Intelligent tense thriller with a conscience,
This review is from: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1) (Paperback)
Some incredible thrillers are coming from Scandinavian countries these days. Anyone who is a fan of the Kurt Wallander series of books by Henning Mankell will know what I mean. Now we have a new addition to the shelf, courtesy of deceased author, Stieg Larsson.
This is the first volume in the Millenium trilogy and after finishing this first book, I am very much looking forward to the next two volumes. Larssson died in 2004 soon after delivering the manuscripts for 3 crime novels to his publisher. It's a pity that this gifted author isn't around for a long time to come.
The tale is split between the shady secrets of a wealthy family and the murky dealings of a famous businessman. Mikael Blomkvist, a recently convicted journalist, is hired by Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of his niece almost 40 years ago. Vanger promises Blomkvist the means to clear his good name as part of the payment and Blomkvist accepts.
The author manages to maintain an excellent pace throughout, but still delivers a strong social lesson while providing the thrills. It is an intelligent thriller with a conscience. Probably one of the best of its kind in recent years.
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Initial post: 29 Mar 2009, 17:24:24 BST
Charles Radcliffe says:
Posted on 1 Sep 2009, 15:52:50 BST
loved it, am now ordering part 2
Posted on 6 Sep 2009, 16:13:33 BST
Mr. David F. Haslam says:
Posted on 6 Jan 2010, 18:24:01 GMT
C. G. Horner says:
Posted on 14 Jan 2010, 16:57:53 GMT
It certainly had a political message. Much of what Larsson writes about the Swedish business class rings true; just look at the decline of Saab, Volvo, and other once-great Swedish companies, and the country really doesn't look as prosperous and self-assured as it used to. And all this happened as an admiring, uncritical, business press looked on. Just like the credit crunch here, I suppose.
But I'm not so sure it's what you'd call a conscience, I'd say it was, rather, a venting of his political views, views which many might find offensive. For example, his views on men are pure 1980s dungaree feminist.
The way everyone bad is from the right, and only the right is bad, is a bit grating. His take on the Winter War, for example - he mentions Swedish nazis going to fight for Finland, which kind of overlooks the fact that Finland was fighting for its life, having been invaded by the USSR.
And after 9/11, 7/7, the Danish cartoon riots, the Madrid bombs etc, it's hard to see the far right as the major threat to security, democracy and freedom. So no, it's not conscience that Larsson is showing.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2010, 09:50:52 BST
Warren Evans says:
Well that entirely depends on your own world view. There are those that would argue that much of the of the far right hegemony has been subsumed by the right in power. Immigration controls are punitive where we imprison refugee's; capitialism has been accepted as the only economic model (even by by Maoist China); imperialism is alive and kicking throughtout the globe (which then give's rise to religious extremism in response). So, politics or conscience? I would argue that politics IS conscience, but then I'm a political 'dinosaur'. "...it's hard to see the far right as the major threat to security, democracy and freedom" is entirely on your perspective...
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2010, 20:33:12 BST
Jase W says:
All the author delivered was novel about 200 pages too long filled with tedious sections about making sandwiches and coffee, an advert for Apple products, a hypocritical view on women and a pathetic heroine who is a middle aged bloke's idea of what a rebel is.
I cringed every time he mentioned the slogans on Salander's t-shirts. Such a corny cliche of a character.
Posted on 19 Jun 2010, 04:06:39 BST
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2010, 22:53:58 BST
brain cell says:
Jase Wildheart -
Why "a hypocritical view on women"? Why "a pathetic heroine"? I think you would generate a bit more respect for your views if you actually bothered to substantiate these remarks with some kind of coherent argument. That's if you're up to it, of course.
And no, 200 pages were not filled with tedious sections about making sandwiches and coffee. Try reading the book and you might find that out for yourself.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2010, 22:56:27 BST
brain cell says:
No, I don't feel like "trusting you". What I see is gatecrashing to advertise another book. Pretty unethical, in my opinion.