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 France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.
Why Oh Why???
Did Thomas Harris write this lifeless drivel?
I respect a money grab, the studio wanted a Hannibal prequel so Thomas Harris decided to write it.
But is this the best he could do?
I have a better back story for Hannibal in my head right now and its better than this. I didn't even recognize the Hannibal Lecter I've come to know and love over 3 novels, 2 movies(I still haven't ...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 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
Hannibal Lechter is one of the ...more
- Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs
Hannibal Lecter is the bogeyman - a dark and terrible figure from a child's nightmares who lurks in the shadows, waiting to pounce. A big part of what makes him scary is his mystery, the fact that you don't really know ...more
That being said, it was fine as a novel and psychological thriller, but not so much as a continuation of a franchise. It might have been more enjoyable had it been a character of a different name.
You know how us readers can get. We want what we want and get ...more
My interest level fluctuated with the story. At times Harris seemed too impersonal and dry with his writing style, while other times it flowed well and I wondered why I questioned his style before. When in the head of Hannibal, the story is at its most intriguing, not just because the character is done so well (he is), but because it seems Harris finds firmer footing. There's not much head hopping, yet it still feels a bit disconnected, especially when the author tells too much, explaining in ...more
"No, Hannibal, of course not. The angel intervenes in time."
"Not always," Hannibal said.
In this book, we follow the infamous Hannibal Lecter through his childhood and adolescence. We witness the unspeakable act of deranged cruelty that had forever changed him and made him into the person he would eventually become. We see him begin to grow sane again in the home of his Uncle and step-aunt. We watch as he kills f ...more
To state it bluntly, this reads like a screenplay disguised as a novel. There is ...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
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
Harris is a gifted writer, but this didn't work for me. On the one hand, the choice of details makes it feel like it was written for the author and not the audience. On the other, it feels like a tired revenge plot stolen from a Hollywood sock drawer, "Hello, ...more
Hannibal Lecter is the last of his line. They hail from Lithuania. Hannibal was raised at the Lecter Castle that was built five hundred years before by Hannibal the Grim. At eight, Hannibal was an avid student. It ...more
Преди всичко това е история за отмъщение за нечовешка жестокост. Отмъщение, равно по сила на причинената болка.
Отчасти - да - виждаме Ханибал Лектър такъв, какъвто е бил някога, преди да стане онова тайнствено и гениално чудовище зад стъклената преграда. Но в тази книга същевременно губи онзи свой почти мистичен лик. Не би било правилно да се говори, че тук е твърде "обикновен", защото никак не е обикновен, но по един ...more
I have read the previous parts of this sequel and I really did love them. So there was no "but" if to read this book or not. Plus, there were parts in this book where the action took place in Lithuania, my native country, and that happens so rarely when your country is so small and foreigners barely know it, that this is basically a miracle! So I had to read this. I just had.
But... but. It was not what I expected. Well, not entirely, I should say.
First of all, the previous books were c ...more
Който ги е чел знае, че в тях много по-голямо внимание се обръща на произхода на Ханибал Лектър, на това защо и как той е станал това, ко ...more
Let me start with what I felt was missing. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book, but it was lacking in a few areas. There were some slow times but the flow of the writing made it seem ...more
There were things I liked and things I hated. Probably, had I read it before knowing who Hannibal Lecter was, I would've enjoyed it more, but his personality (unexpected, mysterious, but we did know a few traits of his) was established, only for this sorry excuse for a prequel to destroy all we knew about him, mess him up and offer no plausible explanation to why he ...more
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There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. This is Thomas^^^Harris
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 ...more