This book is hard to describe. It's a book about people who knit, who all met at a knitting club - but it isn't a book about knitting. I guess the bes...moreThis book is hard to describe. It's a book about people who knit, who all met at a knitting club - but it isn't a book about knitting. I guess the best way to describe it would be that it shows how everyone's personal lives make an impact on who they are and therefore how they interact with each other. It also shows how friendships can differ and all the different ways friends can support each other.
I liked this book. I couldn't stop reading it. But at the same time, after I finished reading, I had to stop and think about what exactly it was that caught my attention because it was just so hard to figure that out while reading it. The main character was not great. The author kept describing her as an extremely strong person, yet she didn't come across that way. And the other characters could seem very stereotypical and one-dimensional at times. Yet there was obviously something there for me. After thinking about it for a day, I've realized that it's because of those stereotypes I could probably see bits and pieces of myself in each one of them a lot easier. I could identify if not with their particular life situations, then with parts of their personalities and even some of their knitting habits. The thing that probably really kept me reading though was just how much about life this book had to say. Through subtleties and the more obvious points (like the tear-jerker ending!) it really did give me a lot to think about.(less)
There are over 2000 reviews of this book on GoodReads right now. So let me do this a little less conventionally. Here’s a little look into my mind as...moreThere are over 2000 reviews of this book on GoodReads right now. So let me do this a little less conventionally. Here’s a little look into my mind as I read this tale.
* Beginning - Blomkvist is boring…why do I care about all this background info? What does it have to do with the prologue at all?!? *Beginning - Salander is interesting…the book is titled after her character….why so much Blomvist and so little Salander?!? * I want to literally reach into the book, grab Bjurman by the throat and squeeze as tight as possible. * So the tale finally begins…and then…oh crap…MORE background info? I thought we were done with this. I don’t mind so much the background info. But does it have to go on for pages and pages at a time without any movement or action to split it up? * Thank goodness Salander figured that crap out. I’m not so sure I could handle any more of that creep. * OHHHHHH!!!!! The interactions with the Vanger family are so interesting. This mystery I must see solved now. * OH CRAP OH CRAP OH CRAP….I can’t put it down…I try, but it doesn’t work. Hmmm…good thing my husband is currently also obsessed with his own entertainment. Otherwise I’m not sure how I’d resist reading more… * Wow…this book dealt with some pretty insane issues. * I’m thinking now how profound this storyline actually is. How many women in the world have been sexually abused , raped, or molested? It’s pretty hard to go through life without knowing at least one person. * I want to cry! Salander is right though, about how to deal with things in the end. I have to agree with her 100%. Why should any victims suffer more. Not that people shouldn’t be punished…but why should EVERYONE have to know about it? It’s not fair to the victim. * I’m not so sure I care about the ending and the whole Wennerstrom thing. But at least it was interesting and fun to read.
The benefits of reading a book by a Swedish man when this is your heritage: - Your name gets spelled correctly….It’s with a K people!!! Although…I think I would have hated being called Ricky. - Your family name gets spelled correctly…it’s Nilsson NOT Nelson people! (not that it matters any more…my grandfather gave in anyways and it’s not my last name anymore) - Getting another taste of the geography which you researched as a kid but you had since forgotten. - It’s a modern story and not all nostalgic which is what people do here when you remember your heritage but forget that the country actually has a life of it’s own.
5/5 for giving me much to think about, dealing with important societal issues, and writing which makes it absolutely impossible to put the book down.
This book was fun to read. It was interesting concept for a terrorist attack and there was a lot to think about. I kept wanting to picture one of the...moreThis book was fun to read. It was interesting concept for a terrorist attack and there was a lot to think about. I kept wanting to picture one of the characters - Vice President Baxter - as Gregory Itzon who played President Logan on 24. It was definitely the kind of book to read if you like that show.(less)