Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I didn’t like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as much as I thought I would. I think it’s partly because the reporter Blomqvist is so obviously an authorial self-insertion by Stieg Larsson (he’s a dogged seeker after truth AND a terrific detective who undercovers something that no one else, even highly paid investigators working for a very rich man and/or the Swedish police, have ever seen AND he’s irresistible to women). Also, there wasn’t very much of Lisbeth Salander (the titular “girl with the dragon tattoo)  in the novel as a whole, and she was the best character in the story. Also, I feel that Larsson’s writing style is a little too close to the Henning Mankell mode (i.e. reporting every single thing Blomqvist eats for dinner or all the specs on Salander’s computer.)

Lastly, the resolution of the plotline relied far too much on coincidence and people doing kind of stupid stuff and while this may end up looking great on film, it didn’t really work for me too well on paper.

(Read from January 28-February 2, 2010)


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