Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter #3)
Seven years have passed since Dr. Lecter escaped from custody. And for seven years he's been at large, free to savor the scents, the essences, of an unguarded world. But intruders have entered Dr. Lecter's sanctuary, piercing his new identity, sensing the evil that surrounds him. For the multimillionaire Hannibal le...more
But I didn’t.
Well, that’s not entirely true. If I pretend that this wasn’t a sequel about characters I already know, then I can find some bright spots. The book has s...more
Both Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs are formidable pieces of pop fiction. They are well-written thrillers with great descriptions and characters. They were both adapted into great movies. They made Thomas Harris a very rich man.
I think Mr. Harris made a bet, maybe with a friend or just to himself. He knew that his next novel would be snapped up for big bucks for the screen rights. He knew he would not get any control over the script. So he dec...more
Hannibal Lecter is, arguably, literature's most beloved cannibal. I say "arguably" only because I want to start an argument so I'll have mor...more
To call it a crime novel is doing it a grave injustice and reading it as...more
With this book, though, Harris attempts to turn Dr. Lector into a sympathetic and attractive man...more
You remember Hannibal Lecter: gentleman, genius, cannibal. Seven years have passed since Dr. Lecter escaped from custody. And for seven years he's been at large, free to savor the scents, the essences, of an unguarded world.
But intruders have entered Dr. Lecter's world, piercing his new identity, sensing the evil that surrounds him. For the multimillionaire Hannibal left maimed, for a corrupt Italian policeman, and for FBI agent Clarice Starling, who once stood before Lecter and who has never
Silence of the Lambs: The best book of the saga. Well paced, amazing dialogues, good insight into the work of the fbi and into the mind of the characters, etc etc
After reading it i had to wonder what had happened. I checked if the book had been written after the film adaptation of its predecesor and it was. That makes me think the author perhaps didn't have any p...more
But the main shock, asides from the physical grossness, was the ending. How did that happen? It was very strange to me that Clarice could change so much, and made me doubt the authenticity of her as a character. I've only seen Silence of the Lambs rather than read the other books.
It's a gripping easy read, the character Mason Verger is maybe the more satisfyingl...more
Then I got to Hannibal, and for the first part of the book, I wasn't feeling the strength of the writing style. But then it picked up and I was convinced of Harris' merit when we got to Florence. I suppose then when the story leaves Italy...more
The opening scene in the fish market reeds like a film script, which is either good or bad depending on your view.
Lector is presented as a rather glamorous figure, aside from his homicidal tendencies. This could be seen as an extra layer of complexity to his character, or some misguided attempt to make him more sympathetic - a misunderstood anti-hero rather than the monstrous villain he is. It didn't ring true...more
E’ del tutto fuor di logica che Clarice e Hannibal siano diventati quelle due macchiette che qui ci mostra Harris. Si perde completamente quel poco di buono che l’autore aveva saputo raggiungere con il precedente romanzo, “Il silenzio degli innocenti”. Spezzato l’esile e incerto equilibrio che rendeva abbastanza credibile il loro legame; Clarice mi diventa una specie di Lara Croft senza hot pants; Hanni...more
Die Geschichte beginnt also 7 Jahre nach der Flucht von Hannibal Lecter. Clarice Starling ist zwischenzeitlich Einsatzleiterin beim FBI und mit einer heiklen Aufgabe betraut, in deren Verlauf einige Leute sterben und der schwarze Peter für das Misslingen der Aktion ihr zugeschoben wird. Plötzlich wird sie wie eine Aussätzige behandelt und ihre Karriere...more
The writing and action were just as good as the first two books of the series. I can't complain much about either of those qualities and was actually excited about the possibility of Lecter getting some payback. The concept was interesting and the manner of vengeance was going to be quite gruesome.
Harris also did a nice job of developing Starling a little more, although I...more
The rest of it is pretty ordinary. Mason Verger is too nasty to be believable, and the part where he traps Lecter and plans to...more
Some critics accused him of betraying his characters. It's hard to see his reasons for having his characters do blackflips, but they're a whole lot less convincing and less engaging this time around. Barney went from being noble to perfidious, Starling from complex to frankly a little stupid. Where Silence of th...more
Gothic horror detective chase story, blends genres with great ease, affirming Harris as a master storyteller- as if we didn't already know. Don't go in expecting another Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs. This is a much bigger, far darker experience. It's all in the title people. Silence was the story of Clarice Starling, so there is a lot of hope and innocence to it. This one, is about the dark side of her character- and of that awful/awesome Doctor Mr Lecter himself....more
As with the previous book, what struck me more than anything was the ability of Harris to turn Hannibal into a sympathetic character. The man kills and eats people, for goodness sake. Yet, most of the way through, you were rooting for him not to be caught. By t...more
This novel is set up seven years after The Silence of the Lambs when the FBI is still searching for the cannibal psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. I so love him!
Clarice Starling, after the short lived Jame Gumb publicity, has got her career in a ruckus and is trying to get things straight by capturing Hannibal for the FBI.
The villain of this novel, Mason Verger, is one...more
Now take out everything likable about "Silence of the Lambs" and you have "Hannibal." I don't think words can do justice to just how distasteful I fo...more
After discovering Harris upon seeing the phenomenal movie 'Manhunter' in the '80s I sought out Red Dragon which was a fantastic and gripping cat & mouse rollercoaster ride. It's follow up was of course Silence Of The Lambs, equally engrossing and with a massively popular movie adaptation to boot. It was therefore such a massive disappointment to read Hannibal, a book I'd waited impatiently for for the best part of a decade.
In all honesty I don't think I'...more
The relationship between Dr. Lecter and Clarice Starling is one that has always puzzled and confused me. It might sound sadistic and strange but I have always been of the opinion that if I had had the attentions of Dr. Lecter I would be so very happy. Yes, even though he is a murderer and a cannib...more
I once had a friend tell me that she hated this book. She revealed the ending to me and my curiosity was peaked. I had already seen the film and was intent on understanding why the end would be so different.
Now I understand. My friend misunderstood the circumstances of the finale of Hannibal . She believed that the character made the choice of her own free will and did not understand the use of the hallucinogenic and hypnotic drugs in that character's immediate choice.
I am very h...more
If when I was 400 pages into this read you asked me who I'd rate it, I would have replied that while it is a pretty sellar read it is definetely the weakest of Harris' Hannibal novels. Now that I've finished it I would dare mention that not only is it the weakest book Harris has written, but if there is a worse ending to a written work I haven't read it.
Unlike Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal is written like a supernatural thriller. Red Dragon and Buffalo Bill were both...more
|Bookworm Buddies: Hannibal||76||20||Jun 17, 2013 01:54pm|
|The movie version ending, or movie vs. book||41||419||May 04, 2013 02:06pm|
|The whole eating someone's brain while they are still alive was a bit too much.||15||97||Jan 03, 2013 05:48pm|