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The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter #2)

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There's a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who's trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he's willing to put a brave face on - if it will help him escape.
Paperback, 338 pages
Published 2002 by Arrow (first published January 1st 1988)
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Stephen
CONTENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Out of respect for Thomas Harris’s superb novel, I have decided that no pictures of ANTHONY HOPKINS will appear in this review. Thank you for your understanding.

4.0 to 4.5 stars. Another one of those terrific situations where I saw the movie first (and loved it) and then eventually decided to read the book... and loved it too. Score!!! Now assuming that most people not suffering from the after-effects of severe head trauma know the basic plot concerning FBI trainee “Hello.....more
Martine
Call me a freak, but I have a bit of a crush on Hannibal Lecter. He may be the scariest fuck out there (certainly scarier than the supposed monster of the book, Buffalo Bill), but he just oozes style and knowledge. In fact, he has so much style and knowledge that he doesn't come off as a ridiculous prick when he says things like, 'A census taker tried to quantify me once. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a big Amarone'* or 'Can you smell his sweat? That peculiar goatish odour is trans-3-...more
Lou
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I need to get round reading this, whats put me off is that the movie has been played on the TV so many times now Clarice and Lecter are quite vivid in my mind. I am sure the book has lot more to offer as Harris is one of my high ranking thriller writers.
Some trivia on the movie...
Like "Casablanca", this movie contains a famous misquoted line: most people quote Lecter's famous "Good evening, Clarice" as "Hello, Clarice." This is not a misquote from the first movie but an actual quote from the se
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K.D. Absolutely
I can smell your cunt!

Imagine if you are a woman and you are alone walking in a dark hallway of a solitary confinement in a hospital for criminally insane. You are about to meet a serial killer who eats his victims' brain, sweetbreads, liver, etc. Then after meeting that killer, you hear that same man again saying I sliced my wrist so I can bleed, watch me die! and you feel splatters of liquid on your face that you thought to be blood, only to realize that it is semen.

I saw the book's movie ada...more
Willow
OMG I loved this book! What is wrong with me? Lol

I really did though. What can I say? Yes, it’s grim and grisly. Harris likes to go into creepy detail about skinning people, disturbing bugs, and the ickiness of finding a severed head in a jar. It’s not gore galore though. It more disturbing than a gross, and that’s why I liked it. Buffalo Bill is making this gruesome outfit and he thinks about it like he’s some kind of runway designer. It’s kind of oddly and darkly funny.

I had forgotten a lot of...more
Lightreads
I'm assuming this book was once shocking and groundbreaking. And okay, yes, eww with the eating people and the skinning. But also? Shut the fuck up, Thomas Harris. There are few things more obnoxious than a male author with a hard-on for his female protagonist. Worth reading for Hannibal the Cannibal, because I dig that abnormal psychology stuff, but did I mention the objectification? The sexism? The way the reader is never allowed to forget
about gender? How every male she meets falls for the he...more
Mike (the Paladin)
A creep fest or gore fest that I read some time ago. I was into "audio books" in my work vehicle at the time, listening to books between jobs and on my commute rather than the radio....I listened to this book. Was I crazy or something?

I've never read anything else by Harris. My wife was the "horror" fan (and no matter what genre this book gets placed in officially it really belongs with horror). She "read, Red Dragon" (read that out loud and it sounds a bit odd...."read Red"? Oh well just a whim...more
Anushka
MUST READ.
MUST READ.
MUST FREAKIN' READ.


This book blew my brains away!
Even though I had seen the movie long back before reading the book, it still got to me. I loved it. If there is someone in this world who loves horror/thriller and hasn't read it yet should first, smack them self on the head and then go to their nearest bookstore or order this book online and start reading it the minute they get it. Totally worth it.

A-M-A-ZZZZ-I-N-G.

I'm out of words, just...just read it, guys!

5 Stars!
Johann Coetzer
Ok here we go with a decent review.

I have seen the movie itself quite a few times, mostly because of Anthony Hopkins and it is a very good movie to watch.
Now the book, the book was first published in 1988 and the movie did stay quite true to the book and that does not happen quite often.
If you have seen the movie and most have you will not miss much by not reading the book.
The book does fill in a few holes that is in the movie but they are so minute.

This book is a really good read, if you can re...more
Shanon
I read this book so long ago but I remember that I have never been more scared while reading a book. I even made my dog sleep in the bed with me (a very bad habit to start)
Jonathan
One of the best thrillers I've ever read, perhaps the best. This book is exceptionally written and maintains suspense throughout its 400 pages.

There are many reasons why this book is so good:

1. You have two villains, instead of the usual one. Both are intriguing, frightening, inhuman.

2. Hannibal Lecter is one of the greatest villains ever created. The talks he has with the protagonist are mesmerizing.

3. Clarice Starling is a great hero, troubled and flawed, but not in any cliche manner.

4. No lov...more
Linda
Because of her knowledge in psychiatry, Starling, a young FBI trainee, seeks the advice of a former serial killer and cannibal, he sinister Dr Hannibal Lecter, in the pursuit of a murderer on a sick and peculiar killing spree.

Harris gives the reader an interesting insight into the human psyche, from the murderer's perspective - his view of other people as items, crops to be harvested. The villains aren't just bad, they are horrible monsters. But at the same time, as in real life, there's an expl...more
C.L. Bevill
Honestly, I read this what, twenty years ago. It was way before the movie. I think it's Thomas Harris' opus because it still rocks twenty years later. Clarice is struggling with her entry into FbI-dom. She wants to do the right thing. Jack Crawford throws her at Hannibal Lecter and well, let's just say that you may never want to visit a psychiatrist, just in case. Seriously, Thomas Harris must have taken a criminal investigator's bath to write this. Wonderfully suspenseful. Definitely creepy. (I...more
Raeden Zen
Addictive, Disgusting, Brilliant Suspense Thriller

The Silence of the Lambs tells the story of FBI student Clarice Starling and her work with Jack Crawford, the head of Behavioral Science, the FBI division that deals with serial murder, to find serial killer "Buffalo Bill." He sends her on what seems a harmless errand, to present a questionnaire to one Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, and with this the chase for Buffalo Bill is on. The conflict and themes are varied, the dialogue is genuine, t...more
Samaya Young
The Silence of the Lambs

I found myself a little disappointed when reading this much spoken of story, of which I enjoyed the motion picture. This usually isn’t the case. In the past when, reading the true origin of a movie, The Book, it tended to add to the experience, and at times be even better.
Regretfully this wasn’t the case with this particular novel. I found the writing style lacking a flow that would have allowed me to be swept along with the story, and that is a terrible pity; so many pro...more
Rubi
Algunos critican la forma de escribir de Thomas Harris, pero a mí me parece genial. Sí, mezcla muchísimo todos los tiempos verbales imaginables, en la misma página e incluso dentro del mismo párrafo, pero el resultado me parece formidable.
También me gusta que dé más importancia a los pensamientos de los personajes que a la caracterización de los espacios. Además, incluye las descripciones de una manera magistral, casi cuando no te las esperas.
Respecto a los personajes, ¿qué decir? Pues que son e...more
Priscilla
Fast-paced, gripping read!

Initial thoughts:
1. I love the heavy dialogue, especially between Clarice and Hannibal. The interaction between these two characters was intense.
2. Clarice is a great, strong female character. She doesn't waver in the face of fear.
3. Ugh, Buffalo Bill was INSANELY creepy! I love it!
4. Love the end. Definitely a thrill!
5. The story played like a movie in my mind. The writing is clear, and distinct.

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Yona
There were quite a few annoying characters in this one and i kind of started to like Lecter a bit too much.
Kelly
Brilliant!!! For some reason, it only recently occurred to me that I might like to read this. (It's been years since I've seen the movie, but now I'll have to schedule a rewatch.) I honesty couldn't put the book down. It was not only suspenseful and intelligent, it also had great wit and humor. I was worried that it would be too gory (too much of that stuff just turns my stomach, ick), but it really wasn't - it came in small doses compared to the psychological aspects, which I find much more int...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"I collect church collapses, recreationally. Did you see the recent one in Sicily? Marvelous! The façade fell on sixty-five grandmothers at a special mass. Was that evil? If so, who did it? If He's up there, He just loves it. Typhoid and swans-it all comes from the same place."

Everyone has heard the name Hannibal Lecter. Brilliant Psychiatrist. Charming aristocrat. Eater of Men. And yet despite the heinous crimes that he is imprisoned for, many agencies still seek his help in solving particularl...more
Kat
I made the mistake of watching the movie first and expecting the book to rock just as much. Hint: it doesn't. The movie does follow the book plot line for the most part with only small variances that can be overlooked. I did end up feeling a stronger bond with Starling while reading the book due to the judgment and injustices she has to fight being a woman and not a full-fledged FBI agent, but the rest of the cast felt flat compared to her. Lecter was a bit of a disappointment due to the very cl...more
Janie Johnson
Another great read in the Lecter series. I find that I like the writing style of Harris a lot. I did not find this one to be as exciting as Red Dragon though. But it was still a very pleasurable, sometimes intense read. And it did begin to pick up a little more the further you went.

Lecter is a bit more prominent in this book than he was in the first. And I loved that. You feel as though every word Lecter speaks has meanings of their own and makes you ponder everything he says, makes you think al...more
DoctorM
Well, yes, of course. Not our first glimpse of Dr. Lecter--- he'd been introduced in "Red Dragon" (and played on screen by Brian Cox in "Manhunter"), but the first novel where he becomes a key character. I'm no particular fan of "Hannibal" (or the film version, or of "Hannibal Rising")--- Harris lost his way in trying to explain Hannibal Lecter, something which he'd seen very clearly in "Silence of the Lambs" that couldn't be done. Dr. Lecter works as a character because there is no explanation...more
Aries Eroles
There is no doubt of Thomas Harris being genius in his field. The Silence of the Lambs is a very great work of art that mixed without a trace of difficulty with science (or systematic study, in a sense).

I have been able to watch the movie rendition of the Red Dragon which is the first of the Hannibal Lecter trilogy. And every time I the word Hannibal Lecter in every chapter, it becomes automatic to become visible to me the round face, stout body and shrilling voice of the actor Anthony Hopkins,...more
Rade
This was one hell of a ride. From story, to pacing, to characters, everything was great. Every scene seemed important and there was no useless ramblings that did not go anywhere. The movie was great too. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
Daniel
Fortunately, Harris's novel has a lot more depth and background than that provided by Demme's adaptation. In fact, I enjoyed Harris's novel far more than the film, though the latter is excellent in its own right.

Hannibal is wonderfully wicked, and Harris is adept at inviting allegiance for a character who should otherwise be the villain. Lecter's Sherlock-like intellect is fantastic and his predatory technique is frightening. He also remains an enigma as far as motivation goes. Why does he kill...more
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Seit nunmehr 33 Jahren treibt der kannibalistische Serienmörder Dr. Hannibal Lecter sein Unwesen in Romanen, in Filmen und im Fernsehen.

Seinen ersten Auftritt hatte er in Thomas Harris' "Roter Drache" im Jahre 1981. Seit dem mordete er sich blutrünstig mit gleichbleibender Leidenschaft in die Herzen der Leser und Zuschauer. Er ist damit wohl einer der beliebtesten Psychopathen der jüngeren Popkultur. Quasi der James Bond des Bösen...

Mir persönlich hat er in jungen Jahren einige schlaflose Nächte...more
Colton
To stop one killer
Clarice Starling
Must delve into the mind of another Killer
Will she make it out alive
Or will there be Silence?


My all time favorite novel and Film! Everything from the repressed protagonist fighting her way to fame and acceptance. To the utterly unmatched Hannibal Lecter oozing with the knowledge and terror of the most devious serial killers and at the same time holding the composure of the suavest of politicians. I would never change a sentence of the book and nor would I ever c...more
Ryan
The real draw of Silence of the Lambs is Hannibal Lecter; In a role poorly described as duo-antagonist, Lecter manipulates, undermines, and very occasionally aids nearly all of the main characters. You come for Dr. Lecter, probably one of the most horrifying and magnetic villains ever written, but you will stay for Clarice Starling. Starling is written smart and tough with a touch of ambitious naivete, struggling with the culture of the FBI and the world at large. Starling is motivated not only...more
Amanda Brinkmann
One of THE best books ever written in its genre. I was captivated by the lucid and vivid descriptions and building up of the characters. the growing tension that Harris creates and the detail - specifically the etomoligical information - that demonstrates the vast amount of research he must have done before writing this epic novel.

I had, before reading The Silence of the Lambs, read and researched biographies, autobiographies and information about the most prominent serial killers of our times....more
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Thomas Harris began his writing career covering crime in the United States and Mexico, and was a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in New York City. His first novel, Black Sunday, was printed in 1975, followed by Red Dragon in 1981, The Silence of the Lambs in 1988, Hannibal in 1999, and Hannibal Rising in 2006.
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