“Perhaps that is what attracts readers to Larsson. It is not his labyrinthine plotting or cunning, but his startling simplicity. There is no mystery in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; there is just savage, terrifying, ordinary violence. It is a revelation no more or less obvious than its other proposition, that international corporations are exploitative and that financial markets are corrupt. It is an idea we are familiar with, but it is a slumbering sort of idea. It snoozes away in the back of our minds, and if prompted we repeat it without really confronting it. The point Larsson makes is that we must confront it. We are all like Blomkvist, in the midst of real crimes we spend our time reading crime novels. We’re horrified by the fiction but ignorant of the realities (and thus implicated in its perpetuation). Shame on us, he says, we should be more honest with ourselves – this isn’t fiction, its the real thing. To write a novel with such a ‘message’ is both the height of irony and of moral outrage.” RT
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This will be a quick review as I don’t have much time today, but – COMPLETELY riveting. It’s a superbly well-done thriller that manages to surprise every time you think the twists have already happened. What really stands out however is the strength of the character development – Blomkvist and Salander are fascinating, charismatic, fully-sketched figures who leap off the page and feel readily identifiable despite the uniqueness (on Salander’s part anyway) of their upbringing and profession. It is at times also a very dark novel – a thread of fury at violent crimes against women runs through the novel and finds a voice occasionally in graphic depictions of said violence – but this is a thoroughly impressive and completely gripping novel with a strong sense of worldbuilding and the dialectics between good and evil. Well worth the read.