The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Kindle Fire by Stieg Larsson
Click Here to Download the Book Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catchâ€”and there's always a catchâ€”is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
Reviews Though it starts off a bit slow, this book picked up speed about halfway through and got so that I couldn't put it down. I have to say this was definitely a multi-layered story with a lot going on and some serious undertones. For example, Lisbeth Salander looks and acts like some kind of anti-social street punk but she's actually extremely intelligent, has a near photographic memory, and is simply a product of all the horrible events she's been through. She's pretty much had to raise herself and up until recently, nobody has really taken the time or interest to help her acclimate. There's also the whole issue about violence against women which comes up several times in the course of the story, and again, the way Lisbeth deals with it, I'd say she's anything but a victim. Because this was translated from the original Swedish text, there were a couple things here and there that bugged me a little. The author's habit of referring to characters by their last name instead of their first was one. Perhaps it's a European thing but I just couldn't wrap my head around a woman called Berger, or a young girl called Salander. It's not a novel for the faint of heart, the imagery graphic. Larsson does not hold anything back, and he's not afraid to go beyond the comfort zone of most. Lisbeth's past is horrific, and the truth behind Harriet's disappearance is both fascinating and grotesque. Despite the stomach-wrenching nature of many of the scenes, the novel is entirely worth a read.
Fantastic writing! The only thing that overshadows my joy after reading this book is that Larsson never lived to witness all the critical acclaim his books received. I'll have to admit, I had my doubts when I started this book. I'm not a big fan of the mystery genre, but this book really got me into it. The beginning was a little slow, though it may have had something to do with the talk of Wennerstrom and political/business conspiracies (I rather dislike politics - too many backstabbers). Then as Lisbeth Salander was introduced, I found myself drawn to her take-no-shit attitude. She was independent, very intelligent, and intriguing despite her hotile front. I couldn't look away, couldn't put the book down. The mysterious disappearance of Vanger's great-niece is of course the main point of the story, but there were
many other side plots that added to the book's realistic storytelling. You see, no single story in this world is so isolated; they are usually intricately wound into stories from other people in our lives. I was very surprised by how the book ended, it was no where near what I predicted. In fact, during my entire read, I was constantly guessing and re-guessing as new pieces of information disproved my former theories. This was probably the main driving point behind my frantic flipping through the pages. After I finished it, I felt content, for the mystery was solved and all the loose ends were tied up. Larsson did not leave anything unanswered. He wound the story in beautifully, everything came together in the end. And I also felt that Larsson's main motivation behind writing his trilogy - to bring more light on female sexual abuse and mistreatment - was clear throughout Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. His writing was empowering to women everywhere, but hidden in a story so sympathetic to its female characters that I think many men reading this book would also come to understand the growing problem of violence against women.
I read this book months ago, but it continues to rack my brain today. Simply an outstanding book. It's the type of book that keeps you on your toes, holding on to chairs and biting your nails. At at least one point, your jaw WILL be on the floor, I can make that promise. I don't want to give spoilers, so this may end up being shorter than I'd like. Here goes! For queasy readers, I still suggest you read the book, but be careful. Things get graphic in a Steig Larsson book. Once finished, you wonder if Larsson had been sane or not, but that's the kind of quality which separates an author from an artist. This book is insane in every possible way. Lisbeth Salander is a kick-ass female character, and though her insecurities are clear, she never shows them once through-out the novel. While reading, not only are you desperate to find Harriet's mystery killer, but you want to know about the Vanger past, and Lisbeth's past, and the significance of the dragon tattoo (which was vague, in my opinion). The writing style was the type that makes you forget you're reading a book, and makes you feel as if you're stalking the entire scene from a window. You never want to let the book go, ever. You'll spend much of your days procrastinating with this book and spend much of your nights without sleeping for the sake of this book. And it is absolutely worth it.
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