The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter #2)
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...more
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
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
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
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
1/12: Film ist berühmter als als die Vorlage
Buch: 4 Sterne
Der Roman von Thomas Harris ist ein sehr spannender solider Krimi, der durch seine abgeklärte analytische Sprache und Dramaturgie weit weniger gruselig ist, als ich mir erhofft hatte. Ständig wird so kopflastig, wie die Hauptfigur Agentin Clarice Starling denkt und handelt, analysiert, bewertet, kategorisiert und bemüht sachlich alle Szenen beschrieben, so wie es wahrscheinlich beim FBI in der Realität bei Masse...more
about gender? How every male she meets falls for the he...more
As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknames "Buffalo Bill," FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him.
That man, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a former psychiatrist with unusual tastes and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs--an unforgett
For one thing, I hated the fact that the truth is given out so much earlier in the story. I mean, what the...! And it takes Clarice Starling such a long time to really grasp it. That makes her look a little dumb.
The writing was, overall, a dry narrative tha...more
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
Still, nothing wrong with the book. I have to say I liked Red Dragon a little more, but The Silence of the Lambs was very captivating as well. This time I got weirded out (in a positive way) for having a small crush on Lecter. He's an intelligent and classy mastermind, criminally insane and a complete psychopath. I mean, what's not to like, right?
The pacing was good and there were new twists...more
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
There are some of the same problems faced in this novel though that Harris faced in the first.
Much is made about Clarice being a female agent. And just like Will Graham in the novel before this seems to be her special power, the preternatural gift that allows her to succeed where others haven't. It gets a bit grating...more
I also read the book because it was discussed a few months back on the First Tuesday Bookclub With Jennifer Byrne (Australia), and it was agreed that the book is very well written, and was a gamechanger for the ge...more
FBI trainee Clarice Starling is called upon to interview the infamous cannibal ps...more
“The washing machine’s rhythm was like a giant heartbeat, and the rush of its waters was what the unborn hear – our last memory of peace.”
Interesting, isn’t it, that our last memory of peace should be filled with noise? A comforting noise we grew used to for months. It’s silence that’s truly frightening.
And that was...more
Clarice Starling, FBI agent in training is sent to the Baltimore mental institution to interview Hannibal Lecter, a former psychiatrist who was locked up for have acquired a taste for human flesh. At present, another case is pending involving young women who's bodies are found among riverbanks with their skins slash away. The serial killer...more
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
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