The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Oh, how I wish I were that girl but unfortunately I don’t have the guts to go and get a tattoo…Anyway, this is not about me but about the book by Stieg Larsson which is the first volume of the Millennium trilogy that consists of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest…I just finished it and I must say, it is a real page turner…

Disgraced financial journalist, publisher and co-owner of the independent magazine Millennium, Mikael Blomqvist is hired by corporate honcho Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of his great-niece Harriet 40 years ago… Henrik suspects that someone in his large and powerful family has murdered the girl and wants Mikael to use all his research capabilities to do what the police couldn’t – find out what happened…

Soon after starting the investigation, Mikael realizes that Harriet’s disappearance is not an isolated event, but rather a part of a web of gruesome murders…He hires Lisbeth Salander, a young emotionally troubled computer hacker and social misfit with a vindictive streak,  to help him out…

What I found most interesting was the fact that the plot was set in Sweden and not New York, London or Paris as is usually the case…It is not just a crime and revenge novel, but a commentary on modern Swedish society as well…The country and its people are not as sterile or progressive as we are made to think – financial corruption and mismanagement, abuse of children and women, chauvinism, misogyny, racist violence against immigrants, casual sex (see, Sweden is not all bad) and anti-Semitism are all commonplace and hidden from foreigners…

Admittedly, the book starts off a bit slowly (Larsson takes a long time to set things up) but picks up once Mikael reaches the Vangar compound…The only problem I had with it was the relationship which develops between Mikael and Lisbeth…It was typical – a young girl falls in love with her much older boss…Why did Larsson have to change her? Why couldn’t she have remained the hard vindictive woman she had become due to her life experiences? Are all women ultimately fragile and vulnerable?

Many may find it hard to reconcile Larsson’s feminist agenda and male fantasy coursing through the book and others may find it righteous, but I found it interesting and worth my money…Sadly, he is not around to answer his critics and explain his politics or see the buzz he has created…The publishers of the English version should have stuck to the book’s original and stronger Swedish title, Men Who Hated Women

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5 thoughts on “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

  1. Sounds really interesting Bones. And where is the post on your vacation????

    Me: Post on my vacation? The long and short of it is that we spent it at the resort…Didn’t do much sightseeing as M doesn’t like travelling by car…

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  2. Bought the first part and started reading it Bones… 🙂 🙂

    Surely its really sad to see that guy die with his books selling in millions now.. Life is strange 😐 😐

    Me: Now his girlfriend and family are fighting over the money…I hope u like the book…

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