Today we are going to talk about May’s book of the month, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. But first, let’s check out this book and see what it is all about.
Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel, the first in Stieg Larsson’s thrilling Millenium series featuring Lisbeth Salander.
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT AND/OR ANSWER:
1. Did you like Mikael Blomkvist?
2. What did you view him as? A writer? A hero? A failure? Other?
3. Do you think Blomkvist has intimacy issues? If so, are they a stumbling block for him?
4. Does Lisbeth Salander have intimacy issues? Is so, are they a stumbling block for her?
5. What did you think of Blomkvist and Berger’s relationship?
6. What did you think of Lisbeth Salander as a character? Was Lisbeth a believable character? If not, did she need to be?
7. Does Lisbeth have a mental illness? If so, was the illness ever named?
(Questions from Galesburg Public Library)
“An intelligent, ingeniously plotted, utterly engrossing thriller that is variously a serial-killer saga, a search for a missing person and an informed glimpse into the worlds of journalism and business . . . Lisbeth is a punk Watson to Mikael’s dapper Holmes, and she’s the coolest crime-fighting sidekick to come along in many years.”
“An exceptional effort for a first-time crime novelist. In fact, a fine effort for any crime novelist . . . This book is meticulously plotted, beautifully paced, and features a cast of two indelible sleuths and many juicy suspects.”
“Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody psychodrama of a Bergman movie with the grisly pyrotechnics of a serial-killer thriller, then add an angry punk heroine and a down-on-his-luck investigative journalist, and you have the ingredients of Stieg Larsson’s first novel.”
–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“The book lands in the United States as Wall Street sputters and global markets clench, a timely fit to Larsson’s themes of corporate corruption. He tells his crime story cleverly, but the zing in Dragon Tattoo is inked in its two central characters.”
–Cleveland Plain Dealer
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