Title : The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor)
Synopsis and Cover Pic : Goodreads
Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
|This novel is just sick! Stieg Larsson is soo sick! They’re freakin sick I love them freakin much! Do you wanna know why? Well, whatever you reply me, I will just tell you WHY! Lol. I really want to pour this out!
A forty-something guy, named Mikael Blomkvist whose profession was a financial investigative journalist as well as a CEO in Millenium paper, suddenly received an odd task after being judged guilty of libel at court due to his article about a financial scandal of a Sweden millionaire, Wennerstrom. This odd task was given by an old man from Henrik Vanger, a CEO of Vanger Corporation. Blomkvist was asked to re-investigate an unsolved case , that dealt with Henrik’s grand daughter (actually she was the daughter of his first brother’s son), Harriet Vanger.
40 years ago, along with sudden accident at the bridge in Hedeby Island where almost all Vanger family lived, Harriet suddenly disappeared. She was nowhere to be found, either by Vangers or by polices.Henrik was sure that Harriet had been murdered and one of his family might have done it to make him suffer, for everyone knew that he loves Harriet so much. He thought so because his family was somewhat dysfunctional, like they could not get along with each other well. Even Henrik admitted that he didn’t like his second brother, Harald. He could only get along with Martin Vanger, Harriet’s brother, and also his other niece, Cecilia Vanger. Henrik wanted Blomkvist to look for the murderer between the family so that he could know how the girl was killed and why.
Blomkvist was hesistant to take this task in the beginning. It was impossible, he thought. Even the polices could not find her, let alone he who was only a journalist who, at the moment, only counted time to go to prison. But Henrik promised him not only a bunch of money, but also he would help him to take revenge on Wennerstrom if he wanted to take and finish this task. Henrik said he did not care much about the result, though he still put hope on Blomkvist and wanted him to try his best. After negotiating a while, they made a deal. But Henrik told Blomkvist not to say anything to any of his family that he was asked to investigate them.They made a cover story that Blomkvist coming to the Vangers to make a biography of their family.
At first, Blomkvist worked by himself. But in the middle, he finally found some clues that could lead him to further information about Harriet’s disappearance. To save more time, he asked one of Henrik’s trusted people, Frode, to look for a research assistant that could help him to sort data and find more information. This was when he firstly knew Lisbeth Salanders, a girl with a peculiar style whose tattoes were everywhere in her body. He was astonished and getting more astonished after he knew about her capability. But Lisbeth was not the type that could get along with people well. She was very ignorant and very hard to trust anyone due to her past. She was never treated well by people only because of her appearance and lack of formal education. Blomkvist himself did not care much about her ignorance and chose to try over and over to gain her trust until he finally earned it. And when they finally could get along, they slowly revealed the ugly truth behind this case. Harriet’s disappearance was revealed to have a connection with some murders happened long time ago and they actually connected with Vanger’s. The things got more interesting so the deeper they digged, without them knowing the the murderer, the one among Vangers, was watching them…
“Friendship–my definition–is built on two things…Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble.” p.552
Really, I think I love almost all aspects of this novel.
I’m not saying I love all the characters inside but definitely Larsson characterized them really well. Each characters are strongly unique to each others and personally, I can differ them. The hero and heroine are not flawless which makes them look realistic.But if I should choose the most impressive character, I absolutely go for Lisbeth Salanders. She is a rare type; such a gifted fast learner, whom I always want to be, especially with IT, bold, care less about others’ business, though she is sometimes too ignorant and also, easily provoked. Perhaps the thing I am still not comfortable is her tattoes Lol. Despite the flaws, I love her!
The pace of this story is also fit to me. I think it progressed with the right tempo, which suitably covered many events happened in one year long. Surprised by some twists in the middle was such an entertainment to me. Truthfully, it made me so absorbed with this story that I forgot that I have not done anything beside reading LOL.
Not to mention Larsson’s writing style hooked me up to read this novel till finished. I really did not get bored during reading this novel. This was such a page-turner! I really get entertainingly thrilled to watch the adventure of Blomkvist and Salander. I also got more knowledge about Sweden, the country in which this novel set. This novel also covers many sensitive issues, either directly or indirectly, like feminism, financial world, journalistic world, some disorders, many things. I really have to read the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire. I want to know more about the further relationship of Blomkvist and Lisbeth.
Most of all, I hope it can also give me the same excitement as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
“People always have secrets. It’s just a matter of finding out what they are.” p.138
PS : Stieg Larsson, the man behind this novel, has passed away at age 50 right after he finished and sent the hard copies of Millenium series (it consists of 3 books) to Swedish publisher in 2004. He was a journalist in Expo and active in exposing Swedish extreme right and racist organization. I am really grateful that I could read one of his masterpieces. Thank you for your contribution in the book world.
By the way, this novel has been adapted into movie in 2011 by Hollywood with the same title, staring Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, and Christopher Plummer as Henrik Vanger (You can get further info here, though I am quite sure you all have watched this =) ). Truthfully, I have not watched this movie yet. I’m quite curious, perhaps I should give it a try though I will not put much hope to movie adaption based on books. *wink*
Rating : 5/5