Posted by: koolwine | October 26, 2010

Sweden: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

A  journalist convicted of libel and a petite cyberpunk unravel a decades-old murder case.

Country Focus: Sweden (Sverige in Swedish)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson
Translated by Reg Keeland
Originally published
in Sweden as Män Som Hatar Kvinnor by Norstedts, 2005.
My edition: First Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Edition, 2009.
590 pgs.

Acclaim: International Bestseller

To make a long story short: After his fraudulent libel conviction, Mikael Blomkvist is forced to resign as publisher of Millennium magazine.   An aging industrialist, Henrik Vanger, tempts Blomkvist with a chance of exoneration if he agrees to try to solve the forty-year-old murder of Vanger’s niece, Harriet.  Blomkvist agrees, and enlists the help of Lisbeth Salander, an antisocial hacker who has recently gained the upper hand over her abusive new guardian.  Despite their differences, the two form a intense bond.  Together they track down a killer, hatch a plan to save Millennium from bankruptcy, and strike back at the businessman who brought down Blomkvist.
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  1. I came to your blog through Ode. I love your idea of reading books from/about all the countries. I am going to join you on your quest. (I am currently reading “King Arthur and His Knights of the Roundtable” hence the “quest”.) My mom loaned me “The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo” so I am going to start with that. I like your blog entries about the books you have read. Interesting to see your reaction to the books and related thoughts.

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    • Questors of world literature. I like it. Glad to have you along.

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  2. I finished “Dragon Tattoo”. I liked it, especially for the character development. I like authors that take the time to develop characters so we can gauge their reactions to the plot. Besides the violence against women theme it seemed another important issue was trust between the characters. I wonder if that is an issue in the social fabric of Sweden? Also, I got the impression that most of the characters were emotionally cool and sometimes icily cold. The one scene of relief from that coolness was when Blomkvist went to the small town in search of the photo. There the non-professional class seemed open and trusting and always inviting Blomkvist in for coffee. Did you get a similar impression? I have ordered “What About The What” for my next read on the quest. Have Fun, Rodney

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    • My opinion of Dragon Tattoo and its characters is heavily biased by the movie. Neither version is warm and fuzzy, that’s for sure. You made an interesting observation that I didn’t particularly key into; thanks for sharing it. Hope you enjoy What Is the What and let me know what you think.

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