Hannibal Rising (Hannibal Lecter #4)
IN ALL OF LITERATURE.
AT LAST THE EVOLUTION OF HIS EVIL
Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck.
He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him.
Hannibal’s uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to...more
This has to be the worst pre-quel-sequel ever! There is no reason to read this book, or see the movie! But if you are a fan, like I am, don't feel guilty, do what you want.
This is my least favorite of Harris's "Hannibal Saga." His reasoning for Lecter's particular "taste" is, get this, REVENGE. How lame! It doesn't seem like any real...more
I almost felt ready to give up on this one until I was about a quarter of the way through. Harris is telling the story of Hannibal's childhood/formative years through the veil of Hannibal's actual memories. Earlier memories are fragmented and as a result, the earlier part of the book is also very fragmented. It rambles a bit here and there, but once the memories become more fleshed out, the book does as well and greatly grows in appeal.
Not that the ear...more
Hannibal Lechter is one of the...more
After the runaway success of Red Dragon (1981) and The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal profoundly disappointed both literary and film critics, not to mention fans of the series. Harris returns with Hannibal Rising, to mixed acclaim. A sense of bafflement pervades the negative reviews, with critics puzzled by how a talent like Thomas Harris could turn out what they perceive to be a glorified screenplay (the film version of Hannibal Rising was released in early 2007) written purely to cannibalize t...more
I have been waiting, along with many others, for years to find out how Hannibal Lecter became what he became. I wanted to know what caused his transformation into one of the most frightening killers in literature (and the movies) known to man.
I was thrilled beyond words to hear that Harris was writing a new book and that a new movie based on the book was in production. I knew that Harris was writing the screenplay. Aside from that, I knew nothing. I...more
Then Harris begins writing the story in a more prosaic form, and his flashes of literary genius, the sleek writing that made Hannibal Lector one of the most compelling creations in psychological thrillers, are sadly wanti...more
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book to be honest. I'd heard some good things from fellow fans of the books and movies. I'd also read some truly awful reviews, equating it to little more than fan fic...more
The detached way Thomas Harris writes about all the gory details, horrible and disgusting as they were, intrigues me. Not because I am a f...more
Setelah membaca silence of the Lambs, saya melanjutkan membaca buku ini. Penasaran juga si sama masa lalu Dr. Lecter. Awalnya, cerita dibuka mengenai Hannibal kecil yang sedang bermain-main dengan adiknya, Mischa. Waow..., saya terpesona sewaktu membayangkan bagaimana Hannibal kecil yang tampan sedang asyik memberi makan angsa hitam bersama adiknya. (Ngomong-ngomong, di sini saya agak kesulitan mengira-ira umur Mischa :hammer: ).
Part of the reason for its shortcomings is, of course, that it follows a trilogy that is near-perfect in its scope, writing and characterisation (whatever one's view of the controversial ending to Hannibal) but everything about the storyline just seems inadequate for a character as iconic and intriguing as Hannibal Lecter. The small revelations of Lecter's backstory in the previous novel were, in...more
Harris is a superb writer, able to employ lean, tight language yet also show a delight in words – there is not a superfluous word in this book.
Judged against many writers this would get 5 stars, but it has to be judged against its predecessors – “Red Dragon” and “The Silence of the Lambs” are two of the best thrillers I hav...more
As someone who has previously seen all the Hannibal films (albeit not for several years) this book gave even more insight to arguably fiction's most famous serial killer.
Having not seen Hannibal Rising for quite some time I had forgotten large portions of the narrative, so the book still felt very new to me. However even the details I did remember, the book made them so much more visceral and horrifying.
As I was read...more
One of the most terrifying concepts is the unknown. When you fill in too many blanks, the boogey man in the closet looks less like a monster and more like a coat hanging on a chair...and I think that might be part of the problem in this book.
Hannibal Rising is a mess of a book. I am not sure if Thomas Harris was trying to be obtuse, or he just no longer cared about writing anymore, but his resulting wo...more
I've deliberately not read HANNIBAL RISING until now, when I was out of reading matter and there was that...more
To state it bluntly, this reads like a screenplay disguised as a novel. There is...more
Really, how else to explain ? By introducing a nonsensical, ham-fisted backstory, rife with deliberate continuity errors and an implausible denouement at odds with the previous Lecter tales, Harris demythologized his best-known creation and de...more
- Hannibal Rising, p. 243
Well, dear readers, modern “pop fiction’s” most famous killer, “Hannibal, the Cannibal,” has quietly returned. For those of you who thought that you had seen the last of Thomas Harris’ deadly (but cultured) gourmet murderer, brace yourselves. You may know ab...more
Unfortunately, Hannibal Rising read to me as a story churned out to satisfy a publisher who was hounding Harris for a prequel. Though Harris will be a good writer no matter what he puts his hand to and there are some haunting turns of phrase and wickedly humourous quips from Hannibal of the kind we know and love, the book felt cl...more
The first third of the book was an absolute chore to get through. The pacing was disjointed and somehow I wasn't getting a good feel for the cha...more
I'm going to be abrupt and get right to the point here: worst Harris book ever. I was REALLY disappointed with this one. After reading Red Dragon I was excited to read the pre-sequel because it seemed promising, but afterwards, I felt like I was tricked into reading it.
The upside we learn more about Hannibal's tragic childhood and his sister, Mischa. The downside (there are many points here): 1) some of the characters were plain and useless t...more