Thursday, April 28, 2011
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
There has been so much talk about Dragon Tattoo, that from page one I was expecting utter brilliance. Unfortunately, I did not find it. I stuck with the book and by about the fourth chapter, the story began to get exciting. Of course, this is also approximately where Lisbeth Salander was introduced. Once she became a part of the story, I became hooked, wanting to discover more about her. She is a true enigma that leaves the reader wanting more . . . wanting to solve the puzzle and figure out the secrets that are so deeply hidden.
Larsson not only intrigues his readers with a unique character in a great mystery, but he brings in true statistics from an issue plaguing his home country -- sexual crimes. The numbers are truly staggering and adds a whole different dimension to this bestseller . . . it brings the issue to the forefront, right in the spotlight to be fought in the public eye.
All in all, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a book that left me wanting to discover more about Lisbeth (the true main character of this novel), but also interested in knowing more about a social justice issue that is usually avoided. It is a hard topic to breach, but I believe Larsson successfully brought it out in the open and got many people around the world thinking about the topic . . . the first step in working towards a solution.
If you have read Larsson's books, what thoughts would you share with potential readers?
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