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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 corruptionAn 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 novelAlternate Cover Edition ISBN 0307269752 ISBN13 9780307269751

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  1. says:

    I've heard and read many complaints about Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo1 It's misogynistic 2 It's packed with cliché3 It's too convoluted 4 It's too disturbing5 Lisbeth wasn't autistic enough or was foolishly autistic6 There were too many red herrings and the damn Nazi red herring didn't have the usual payoff7 TooTwo many plots 8 Too hard on Leviticus I will answer these in a moment but first I must declare that I am an unrepentant fan of this book This is one of the rare times when I long for goodreads to have half grades because I would love to give this 45 I can't give it a full 5 though because I sense Mr Larsson's series is going to grow in his last two books And nowback to the top eight complaints1 Perhaps but how can a book whose original Swedish title is Men Who Hate Women avoid misogyny? It can't But at least the misogyny present is a comment on misogyny Larsson isn't being misogynist He's attacking misogyny Moreover our hero Mikael Blomkvist is not one of the men who hate women He is a pretty good guy actually in fact he's one of the rare guys I would actually categorize as a good guy in most modern literature Surehe's a bad Dad Surehe has a failed marriage and many sexual relationships Surehe makes some decisions that challenge his ethics But he remains a good guy He tries to do well in an ugly world He never succumbs to cynicism And he genuinely cares about all the people in his life Male and female And it's not like Berger and Salander are weak women far from it There may be misogyny in Men Who Hate Women but it is wholly the characters' misogyny those who have it and not the author's2 With apologies to my friend who's first name starts with T Cliché smiché Yes there's some cliché maybe plenty of cliché but who cares? Seriously? We're not talking about Proust here We're talking about a mystery novel a serial killer who dunnit Complaining about cliché in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is like complaining about pinko sympathies in The Communist ManifestoThere's communism in Marx? Really? You think?3 7 Yep There's a couple of distinct plots here but there's a level of verisimilitude to that Have even our banal lives ever had anything important happen without something else important occurring at the same time? Not mine and to have multiple incidents happening simultaneously makes sense to me The search for Harriet Vanger wasn't hampered at all by the Wennerström drama and vice versa And to be honest I loved having a pair of mysteries solved in the same novel 4 Too disturbing compared to what? It's nowhere near as disturbing as American Psycho and it's about average as far as the serial killer genre goes Plus I think there is a power in the graphic moments of this novel particularly Lisbeth's vengeance on her guardian I am not on her side when it comes to this vengeance but I understand it and the drive to take vengeance in such a way such a human way fascinates me Who'd have thought besides maybe my friend Manny that the Swedes have it in them?5 Perhaps this is true but at this point I have only read one of the trilogy and the only person who suggested that Lisbeth was autistic was Mikael and while he thought she was suffering from Asberger's his guess was only in passing I can cut the book some slack here suspend my disbelief suspend my disbelief6 I was stoked that for once the Nazis were a red herring rather than the ultimate degenerated evil We all expect the Nazis to be the worst of the worst so it is refreshing to see them as a deflection instead 8 Can anyone really be too hard on Leviticus? UmmmmmnopeNow I admit that I might love this novel simply because it is set in Sweden After all I do love ABBA Fredrik Ljungberg IKEA my apologies glögg Stellan Skarsgård Max von Sydow Ingmar Bergman and Mats Sundin I looked into emigrating to Sweden but had no excuse being a resident of Canada with no skills the Swedes were looking for and I am a fan of Norse Mythology but I do love Sweden and I was jazzed by the setting of Larsson's book All that aside however I think The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a compelling entertaining and unabashedly thrilling readIf you can overlook the eight complaints or consider them in a different light you'll like this book too I promise