Monday, October 25, 2010

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson


There are two things I refuse to read about.  Rape and rape.  You might think that rape and rape are one and the same, but I profess that they are not.  Rape is what happens from read it from the raper's point of view and rape is what happens when read it from the rapee's point of view.  Either way, I do not want to read about it. Call me a prude, if you must, but I prefer my sexual encounters consensual -- in both my real world and my fake reading world.

So this Dragon Girl book is sneaky.  It starts out with the promise of a good corporate crime.  I like a good corporate crime solver every now 'n again.  Then out of nowhere, the Dragon Girl gets raped.  So I skip over the details and keep going, because it appears as if this book is about corporate crime.  'Sides, it's written in a good page-turning, suspenseful convention, and I want to see how it all unravels.

It turns out that this book is not about solving a corporate crime.  Towards the end, it's revealed that the whole book is about a serial kidnapper-rapist-murderer. The last few pages get rather graphic as the gory details are disclosed.  Now, the details may not be all that gory to you, but I have an imagination on a liquid drip of amphetamines.  I read words and I see bright pictures quickly.  Simple as that.

I'm totally disappointed in myself for finishing this book.  The good news, however, is the second book in Stieg Larsson's novels is not about rape, but about young girls sold into prostitution.  Now isn't that delightfully uplifting?  I won't be reading that one.  Wish I could add an "either" declaration to that.

On a positive note, the novel is based in Sweden, with Swedish-named people and cities.  So each time a Swedish city was referenced, or Swedish name was dropped, I thought about that beloved Swedish Chef from the Muppets.  Get a load of the Chef making some Turtle Soup:


Sparks said...

Love these books. I've listened to all three twice. I really like revenge stories and each of the books offers me that. I cried aloud with joy when Advocate Asshole gets branded with his truth.

The next two are great as well. And if you like crafty vindication at all you'll find pleasure in The Hornet's Nest.

rabidrunner said...

Sparks, what's the third one about?

Although, I admire and love you dearly, I must respectfully disagree with you on this one. (I love that about us, by the way.)

rabidrunner said...

Oh and pretend there isn't a comma after "although."

Sparks said...

That is lovely about us. You like Papyrus and I still think you fantastic. That's saying something.

The Girl that Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the 3rd book, gets Salander her freedom and takes down a secretive and rather nasty element of the Swedish police. Hope that says enough without being a total spoiler for someone who hasn't yet read 'em all.

I just really like reading about, listening to, or watching tales of bastards getting their due and that's what this series is full of.

rabidrunner said...

Speaking of which, you should see the frilly apron I'm wearing right now. I should send it to your sis to see if we still remain friends. (It does have pockets though.)

Jessica said...

I feel this way about "She's Come Undone." I'm disappointed that I finished it. It was awful and way too graphic.

Thanks for the heads up on this one. I won't be reading it.

megan said...

Okay let's start from the beginning. Everyone around me is reading this book. I say "no thanks" my friends say they love it, but "I'm not recommending it to you" or "your mother would like it (really) but not you". So I don't read it. THEN I have this blog friend who interjects a "pro Dragon Girl" thumbs up in one of her posts :) And I finally cave and think okay...there's one bad part and I'll skip over it (except for I'm listening to it on my ipod so I fast forward...and then fast forward again...I draw the line at harm to women/children - language, violence no biggie - but harm to women/children can't do) So as I continue to listen to the book I realize that when everyone was giving the recommendation, they HADN'T ACTUALLY FINISHED THE BOOK!!
At this point I text my mother and friend and tell them not to recommend anymore books to me.

The HAJ will be the next book downloaded :)
Have you read "In the Time of the Butterflies"? Interesting - not over the top great but interesting.

Glad you posted this - even my mother wasn't disturbed!?*# sheesh.

Yes - this was a long comment - I'm relieving the angst that was built up by the book.

Makell said...

Good to have a book recommended as a "not to read" - helps me narrow down all of the choices. ( narrowing down is difficult for me)
Love the Swedish chef- kinda reminds me of Juliet Child!

Amy Rae said...

Oh my, I have told everyone possible not to read that book. I got so sucked into it, so of course had to finish it. When it turned to torture-porn at the end I wanted to throw it at the wall(but it was the library's, so I restrained myself). I felt like I needed a shower after finishing it- except that wouldn't reach the nasty images that were dirtying up my brain. I've read plenty of questionable books but this was just yucky. It had so much going for it too.

camran said...

Worse book ever! Skipped over several hundred pages of rape/torture to see how the missing girl and her family reconciled - warned everyone I know about it! Heard that the rights have been sold and they are making it into a movie! yucky, yucky, yucky!