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Anthony’s review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
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Sep 18, 2010 07:40AM
I agree with the one star review. I was disturbed by how many times the word rape was casually used. Our book club chose this book because of the hype. This is a mystery book that tries to pack every mystery scenario possible and it became laughable. I'd like to count how many cups of coffee they drank. Go to Nora Ephrom's parody and you will have laugh out loud belly laughs!
Dec 17, 2010 09:42AM
Lora wrote: "I agree with the one star review. I was disturbed by how many times the word rape was casually used."
What do you mean casually used? I don't think there's anything casual about any of the situations put forth in this book.
The title of the book is Men Who Hate Women, what it's inherently about is sexual violence, which becomes only more clear if you read the second novel. Also the bit about Berger's sexual proclivities is I think partially to juxtapose the sexual violence with healthy sexual attitudes.
Tony wrote: "Also, his main character is the self appointed moral watchdog of companies (because capitalism is evil I guess) yet can't keep his zipper zipped."
I'm sorry, what does one have to do with the other? The fact that Blomqvist is a bit of a slut doesn't have anything to do with what sort of person he is.
And for the record, they questioned Harriet Vanger's appointment RIGHT IN THE BOOK, but it was stated that she'd already been running a large company in Australia.
I think you both sincerely missed the point of this book.
Dec 17, 2010 06:40PM
Emma wrote: "Lora wrote: "I agree with the one star review. I was disturbed by how many times the word rape was casually used."
What do you mean casually used? I don't think there's anything casual about any o..."
Emma needs to calm down a bit. The book was bubble gum writing and reading. Chewed up, spat out, and forgotten quickly.
Running a sheep farm/company is different than a fortune 500 with endless business interests. I question her appointment as well.
Morality does cut both ways. If you are going to preach and point your finger at others and their moral choices then you better be walking the walk.
I sincerely feel YOU missed the point. It is a fluff book not literature.
Dec 21, 2010 11:29AM
A girlfriend of mine agreed with all the problems I had with the book yet she still loved it. This seems to be the case with many book groups. Why? I don't understand admitting the book is crap but still loving it.
I don't disagree with some of the problems you mentioned (although I don't agree with all of them, either), however I also loved the book. It wasn't deep or thought-provoking; it was just a page turner plain and simple.
I think it's totally possible to recognize the flaws in a book, but still enjoy the ride. Books can absolutely be entertaining without actually having much, if any, literary value. Sometimes we choose to read books which make us think; sometimes we choose read just for fun.
Feb 26, 2011 10:02PM
But there was bestiality. Kind of.
Mar 16, 2011 05:20AM
tony great review, thanks
Oct 21, 2011 11:34PM
Ivanho wrote: "I agree Tony. This book does not live up to the hype. I'll grant Stieg knows how to develop a plot with tremendous pace and build up but... when all was finally reveled it turned out to be so...so...."
Very well written. I agree with you 100%.
Jan 10, 2012 11:40AM
I had similiar thoughts throughout the book.
Sep 10, 2015 10:57PM
"Which we all know will be crap"
Really? A movie by David Fincher, director of Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and you somehow 'know ' it'll be crap? Just because it's American? What's wrong with American movies? There's plenty of great ones.
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