This crime thriller is a spellbinding amalgam of mystery, family saga, love story and financial drama. Set in the Land of the midnight Sun, “Sweden”, this creation by the famed Swedish writer Stieg Larsson, has captured millions around the world. This bestseller author (deceased in 2004) , who lived in Sweden, was editor in chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on the antidemocratic right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. So it comes as a no surprise to the readers that the writer has put in his profession in words in this once in a life-time book.
The story foremost gives rise to intrigue where an eighty-year old finds himself in a deep set of grief and horror which repeats to him every year on his birthday, with the arrival of pressed flowers on his doorstep. The surprise comes when the book leaves the old man behind and focuses on a certain Mikael Blomkvist. Before one can even understand who and what this man is, he is seemed to be caught up in a legal battle with a murky executive which leaves him jobless and nearly-broke. Here then, the old man from the earlier scene, now revealed as Henrik Vanger reappears with a proposal for Mikeal , to investigate the disappearance of his great-niece, Harriet Vanger. The girl missing for forty long years has Henrik Vanger believe that someone from his extended family is involved in her disappearance.
Contrary to suggestion by the title saying the disappered girl maybe the chief tattoo protagonist, the arrival of Lisbeth Salander proves her instead to be the major “girl”in the book. Lisbeth is a damaged individual who has had her share of tragedy and trauma even in her short years of 24. Her ability to take care of herself in a dark and dangerous world belies her fragile sense of self. Her secret behind the scene of computer hacking brings her in association with Mikeal in the investigation of the niece Vanger.
The plot then looms over the investigation where dark secrets of the Vanger family is ut in the open , and the book turns out to captivate readers in the maze of violence and assault. The ones with a weak heart may better stay away from the book as some scenes in the book makes the blood run cold in the body.
It’s an intense ride and the book opensSwedenin a light which may make us hopeful and disappointed at the same time.
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” published inSwedenin 2005, is a series in the Millenium Trilogy. . The original Swedish title was given as “Men Who Hated Women” which during translation, by Reg Keeland, changed into the name of today. But rarely can we doubt that were the title so as before the readership may not be fascinating of today. It’s a contagiously exciting, stunningly intelligent novel about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives. The novel moves the eyes and hands from page to page where rooting sexual violence against women, a Nazi past, and corporate corruption, opens eyes to ravish human nature.
But the magnet which pulls the reader to the 465 pages, f the book is the monopoly character of Lisbeth Salander. The one of a character seen in very seldom books she is described as ” a pale, anorexic young woman who had hair as short as a fuse, and a pierced nose and eyebrows. She had a wasp tattoo about an inch long on her neck, a tattooed loop around the biceps of her left arm and another around her left ankle. On those occasions when she had been wearing a tank top, and saw that she had a dragon tattoo on her left shoulder blade. She was a natural redhead, but she dyed her hair raven black. She looks as though she had just emerged from a week-long orgy with a gang of hard rockers.” Subtly so she is able to invoke passion and concern even in the hardest hearts. Though she is seen small and fragile, she has an inbuilt sense of self preservation. Though her questionable actions and behaviours may put her on legal difficulties , she is non-the-less to be symphasized. The pages may bore once or twice, but one can not help but wonder if she is going to be okay and if she will get justice.
But the book has its shaky bits seen especially in the latter part of the book when the mystery is over. And the start may discourage some t neglect the book altogether. THough some feel of the book has been lost in translation it is great storytelling and at the end of the day, makes a new and learned reader. In all The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is not a book to be missed