I know, I know, I must be the last person in the country, if not the world, to have not read ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’.
Put off by Steve, my old man(or he who’s been around for more years than I care to mention) who declared it ‘disappointing’, I kept putting it to one side. But as he swings between noir American fiction with damaged heroes, and Richard Dawkins, Martin Rees et al, he’s probably not the best judge.
Time I thought to see what all the fuss was about. And I must say I wasn’t disappointed at all. It really does live up to the hype – gripping page turner, intriguing and dark story line, the most original heroine since Becky Sharp. And, as most of us haven’t read it in the original Swedish, it’s hats off too to the translator Reg Keeland.
Larsson has pulled off a story which keeps you up at night but also forces you to think of the wider implications of Lisbeth’s crusade against men who abuse women and Blomkvist’s fight for the rights of the individual and the exposure of corruption in the corporate world. What a feat!
This also now leaves me with rather a dilemma – I’m sitting here looking at ‘The Girl who played with Fire’ and desperate to start it, BUT I should be starting ‘Middlemarch’. I’m a member of a book club consisting of very old friends, and have to read this for the beginning of August and it is very long.
Ho hum …which to read?
To be continued ….