Friday, August 28, 2009

I'm . . . confused

So THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson is a book that's gotten a LOT of buzz since its translation from Swedish into English. And since I always love me a mystery written by a depressed Scandanavian person, I decided to buy a copy and heft (it's thick) the novel along with me on my trip to oh la la France. Anyway. I read it. And here's my short review: I'm conflicted.

I wanted to love it, but I didn't really. There's a lot of sexual torture in it, and while the novel could have certainly been more graphic, it was graphic enough for me. Also, I kept having these moments where I wanted to go INFORMATION DUMP! Or SHOW DON'T TELL! In other words, the novel caused the creative writing teacher in me to go on full alert.

On the other hand, the lead female character, Lisbeth Salander, is truly compelling. I keep thinking about her, and I want to find out more about her. What's her back story? What's the deal with her mom? Will she stay out of the clutches of her creep social worker? Only I don't want to read the other books (which look to include more sex and torture) to do it. So if you read them, let me know.



shelley said...

Glad you're back! How was your trip?

I've seen this book a lot - glad to be forewarned about sex torture. Not too interested in that.

Lisa B. said...

I found the Dragon Tattoo a good read, while acknowledging everything you said about its faults. It was not beautifully written. But as you say the main character is splendid, so much so that I bought the second book in hardback! I wanted to read it that much. I actually think the second one was much better, in terms of its structure, than the first. And there's a much more total focus on Lisbeth. I will lend if you want.

Sara Z. said...

You're back! You're back! If you didn't get a bunch of email from me, check your spam folder!

Louise Plummer said...

Welcome back, Anne. What a large hole you leave when you're away.

LucindaF said...

Je t'aime mon ami. Je t'ai monque beacoup. J'espère que la nourriture était merveilleux. Je suis ravi de vous sont de retour.

Should I translate? No, I won't, it looks so much more beautiful in french.

Randi said...

ewwwww, barf!