Friday, February 18, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Cara - Book Review Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Last night was Book Group. I know I write a lot about women and friendship but, a sidenote before I talk about the book. Our hostess last night had lost her father less than a week before. We weren't sure at first if she was going to have book group. I assumed she wasn't but thought to ask a few days before. She said she was, she needed the distraction. So we came. We talked, we laughed. We talked about her dad, we talked about the book, being moms, life stuff. Some of her little cherubs popped in and out of the room just to see what these ladies were doing. She talked of walking through what was happening in her life right now. Rather than walking over it, under it, or around it. She had to walk through it. I loved that analogy and I think she'a a pretty smart chick. Last night was a testament to power of women friends. And I am not yet very familiar with some of them yet. (book groups' members change a lot) But they all rallied around our her, made her laugh and helped her walked through it a little.

Now about this book. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. (there's a Swedish made film about it with subtitles that I now MUST rent- that's the trailer). This is the quick synopsis from
"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 catch--and there's always a catch--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."

It started really slow for me. I had heard great things about the book and I really wanted to like it. By page 100 I was like, uh-oh I am not going to get through this one.

Lots of background information, lots of Swedish names and words, like Blomkvist, Hans-Erik Wennerström, Advokat Holger Palmgren, Hedestad, Sodermalm. I know.

So when you open up a book to a lot of that and a lot of these " ö  "(an umlaut by the way) type vowels it's a little daunting. But I pressed on. Glad I did. It got really good halfway through. It's quite graphic and extrememely macabre. (a new favorite word, thank you) Not something I would have picked for that reason. Scary movies and creepy books sit with me for too long so I usually avoid them. But it sucked me and and left me with QUESTIONS at the end. Only upon finishing the book (and hour before book group started) and talking with a lax dad did I realize there were more books! More??? Good grief now I have to read more???? I have to. I have to find out what happened in the past to Salander.

My book group buddies assure me that I will be able to fly through the next two and that I MUST read them. I may add that my book group buddies for the most part are serial readers. They read everything ever printed and in like 5 hours. They all have about 40 kids each, some work full time and yet they can read the "assignment" in less that two days and have already read 14 other books before we meet to to discuss the first one. I don't know how they do it, although Cinco Mom did mention hiding in the bathroom....hmmm.

So I would recommend reading it. And I will go out on a limb and say the sequels too. You can cheat and rent the movie first, although I hear you should probably read the book first.

Excuse me now, as I go lock myself in the bathroom.


Jenn said...

Thanks for the chuckle:)

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