Monday, August 02, 2010

what i'm reading now

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a sordid tale on several levels. The title character, Lisbeth Salander, is a diminutive social misfit who is also a first class computer hacker.  She teams up with Mikael Blomvquist, a disgraced journalist who has been convicted of libeling a  corporate mogul. Their quest is not only to redeem his professional reputation, but to solve a mystery that has plagued a prominent family for forty years. The story not only deals with corporate malfeasance and computer hacking but with sexual violence against women. To tell you the truth I was ready to quit reading for the first 100 pages. I got weary reading the financial background that was necessary to set up the plot and  I had a hard time keeping up with all the characters.  But, I kept reading because this book is very popular and I wanted to see what all the buzz was about. By page 200 I was hooked. It's a convoluted story and just when I thought I had  it figured out the story took a new twist and I kept turning the pages to see how it all worked out. It's a good story.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you plan to view the movie as well, or just stick with the book?
- SD

wally said...

I always like to watch the movie and see how close to the book it is.

Lorna said...

It will be interesting to see the Swedish version, then the American one, now in the works.

wally said...

It will also be interesting to find out who will play the part of Lisbeth Salander. A unique character.

Nance said...

Read this post after the Pasternak quotation. I find that I have to avoid blunt force violence in movies and "literature" because it all does take up residence in my body somewhere...like a small blow to my immune system. I'll pass on this one and take your word for it.