sexta-feira, junho 04, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, originally uploaded by selenis.

Depois de tanto ouvir falar sobre esta triologia, resolvi ler e ver afinal que tinha de especial. E tem!
A história está muito bem escrita, com personagens aparentemente muito dispares a acabarem por se complementar lindamente, e um enredo muito interessante que apetece ler mais e mais até se chegar ao fim (que por acaso até se consegue adivinhar parcialmente). Recomendo vivamente (aliás, estou já a ler o segundo).

E aqui acompanhado pelo meu recém-chegado Moleskine Passion Livros
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (original title in Swedish: Män som hatar kvinnor – "Men Who Hate Women") is an award-winning crime novel by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson, the first in his "Millennium Trilogy."

At his death in November 2004 he left three unpublished novels that made up the trilogy. It became a posthumous best-seller in several European countries.

Plot summary
A middle-aged journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, publishes the magazine Millennium in Stockholm. In the opening courtroom drama, Blomkvist loses a libel case brought by accused Swedish industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström. This has serious repercussions for the future of Millennium, as there is potential for loss of advertisers and circulation, especially as Blomkvist is sentenced to a short prison term. In disgrace, Blomkvist agrees to be hired by Henrik Vanger, the aged former CEO of the Vanger companies, owned by a wealthy but dysfunctional dynasty. The old man offers not only to help his financially strapped magazine, but also to give him information to prove that Wennerström is corrupt. Officially, Blomkvist is to spend a year writing the Vanger family history.

Blomkvist's real mission, however, is to solve a "cold case"—the disappearance of Vanger's niece Harriet some 40 years earlier, when she was sixteen. Blomkvist encounters "the old Miss Marple closed-room scenario" with all the rich suspects marooned on the family estate on an island, "a village we grow familiar with, full of hostile locals peering out from behind their curtains".

Blomkvist reads crime novelists Sue Grafton, Val McDermid and Elizabeth George, and enjoys amateur sleuthing and investigative journalism, all of which assists him with Henrik Vanger's investigation. The locked-room scenario is apt because on the day that Harriet disappeared, the island was isolated from the mainland due to a road-tanker crash on the only bridge. Henrik Vanger believes that Harriet (his brother's daughter) was murdered by one of his family members on the island. Harriet used to give Henrik a present of pressed flowers every year since she was eight years old. On Henrik's birthday the year after Harriet vanished, he received a present of pressed flowers, and he continued to receive such flowers each year, sent from various parts of the world. He believes these to be sent by the killer.

Blomkvist comes to feel that he can discover nothing new. The title character of the story appears—Lisbeth Salander, an asocial punk who has been victimized and/or misunderstood by authorities throughout her life, but who also happens to be a brilliant computer hacker. By chance, she meets Blomkvist (whom she is investigating) and the unlikely couple form a classic detective pair. When Blomkvist teams up with Salander, their delving into family secrets sheds a disturbing and shocking light on the four-decade-long puzzle
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