Mittwoch, 2. April 2014

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson (Millenium I)

I'm probably the last one who read these famous books that everyone has already talked about ages ago. But still I want to give my opinion on it.

The main characters are Mikael Blomkvist, editor of the 'Millenium' magazine, Lisbeth Salander, investigator for a security company and Henrik Vanger, retired head of the 'Vanger cooperation'.
It's not until quite far into the book that we find out about how these three are connected and I think the main reason for that is that Larsson took his time to build the story carefully. That slowed it down in the beginning but when the story really started I couldn't put the book down.

The plot is amazingly complex and it seems to me that the author tried to include as many details as possible which created a surprisingly convincing thriller.
Some aspects about the storyline rather surprised me for example when there was a really violent scene included and I noticed that that part of the story could easily have been left out. But on the other hand it makes me think that I wouldn't have got to know one of the characters as well if that scene hadn't been in this book.
Additionally it helps build the atmosphere which by the way I would have liked a bit more dark than it was. What I mean is that a crime taking place in the Swedish winter would be far more impressive than one committed on a sunny summer day.

Still there were times when I sat there with my eyes wide so the events deinitely got to me.

The only part that I absolutely disliked was the epilogue. It felt a bit like when you're watching Romeo and Juliet and you know that there are 4 acts. But Romeo and Juliet both already die in the middle of act three so that makes you wonder what will happen for the rest of the play.
To me the story felt finished about 50 pages before the ending and I almost completely skipped the epilogue. Larsson just explained the outcome of an aspect in this book that I wasn't interested in that much and that is a kind of financial crime.
For someone who is into this topic the last bit of the book will be very pleasant but it was rather boring for me.

Apart from this I really very much enjoyed the book although I think that it will take a while until I can get myself to read the sequel.
I guess I will just have to wait until I have forgotten what I didn't like.


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