Monday, 16 August 2010
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
I have just finished reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, our book group’s choice for September which was picked by two of our members, I had never got round to trying it - it was always out (!) and I was getting mixed reports from borrowers who returned the book to the library (but they were mostly very positive).
Before I picked up the Tattoo I had just finished Joseph O'Connor's Ghostlight (and I want to slip in a quick but huge recommendation for this one as his writing is just superb) but the Larsson book couldn't be more different, genre-wise.
I don’t usually go for crime fiction, mysteries, thrillers, violence or very ‘explicit’ material and would normally avoid them like the plague. This book was all of those but much, much more and it would be fair to say that I cannot recommend it highly enough. It took a little while to get into as I struggled a bit with its ‘Swedishness’ but I persevered (I had to) and once I was in I was well and truly hooked. It gripped me so much that whenever I had to put it down I couldn’t wait to get back to it. The author must have had an amazing gift for writing this sort of book, he certainly had the experience and the knowledge of the world he wrote about. I won’t give much away in case you haven’t read it but I will say that it is tragic that Stieg Larsson died so suddenly just after handing the three books in to his publisher. He wrote about the dark side of Swedish life and although he and his partner were said to be receiving constant death threats from extreme racist and far right-wing groups, it appears to be generally accepted that he died of a heart attack after climbing very many stairs (the lift was out of order) to hand in his finished books.
Dragon Tattoo is the first in a trilogy, namely the Millennium Trilogy and the next two titles are The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest but you really can read the first as a ‘stand-alone’ title as it ends ‘properly’ with only the characters carrying on into the next books. I have been told by some people that the first one is not the best so I am really looking forward to numbers 2 & 3 and also to seeing the films. Dragon Tattoo is out on DVD (I have ordered it from the library) and I believe the second is to be released in cinemas soon.
That’s all for now,
Go mbeannai Dia duit,
PS What are you reading?