Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

My holiday book pick has to be Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  Yes, I am late to this fictional fad, but I loved it.  An old man in Sweden wants to find out what happened to his brother's granddaughter, who disappeared in 1966, which has haunted him ever since.  He hires a financial reporter who edits a magazine and who has recently been prosecuted for libel (that fact also becomes central to the story).  Soon he is joined by a unique young woman (with a dragon tattoo on her shoulder) with a talent for computers.

I was absolutely sucked into this novel, and remained so when the story become even darker than I had realized it would be.  This is not a story for the faint hearted.  But it is an intricate, fast paced narrative that not only comes to a satisfying conclusion but also leaves some threads open for its sequels.

P.S. Here is a question that only people who have read the book will understand.  Do they really drink that much coffee in Sweden?


John Weeks 2:24 PM  

Greg: Yes they do! They drink about 2.5 times more coffee in Sweden than we do in the US. The Norwegians and Finns drink even more.

Slave Revolt,  8:59 PM  

I like everything about this story, and the adaptation in film was well done.

Greg, you are better in this form than you are when you feel it necessary to regurgitate the two-bit sniping through which you tend to advance Rome's agenda.

This film advances thinking on many levels.

Randy Paul 10:45 PM  

Re: Coffee. It's probably a form of self-medication . . .

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