Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

My thoughts:
I got a copy of this book through Paperbackswap a couple years ago and it has just been sitting on my shelf.  Last week I decided to try it as an audio book instead.  While I haven't seen the most recent movie version, I did watch all three of the International ones around the same time that I got the book so I remember the story for the most part.  I was impressed at how well the movie I saw stuck with the book, not too much was changed.  It will be interesting to see the new movie and see how they handled it and how it compares to the book.

There were scenes that were hard to listen to, but since i saw the movie I knew they wre coming.  There was a lot more description of places and events than I was expecting and a lot of back story about the scandal that landed Mikael in trouble to begin with.  Some of the names were hard to follow since they were so unfamiliar sounding so I am glad that I did have my memory of the movie to look back on.  It was interesting to see what was going on inside of Lizbeth's head during her encounters.  The actress in the movie did such a good job of keeping a stony face, as she is described as doing in the book, that it was hard at times to get to what she really felt and thought.  This filled in all of the those gaps.  Also, working towards a solution to the mystery of what happened to Harriet all those years ago seemed to go more smoothly on film than it did when they were going to such great lengths to find an old photograph or the person who might have taken it.

I think I will be listening to books two and three on audio as well.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307272119
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/16/2008
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480

Meet the Author

Stieg Larsson
Stieg Larsson was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo. He was a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist organizations. He died in 2004, soon after delivering the manuscripts of the novels The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland.

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