La reine dans le palais des courants d’air

Easter basically resumed itself by me reading the Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I was a bit disappointed that the 3rd volume was simply the second part of La fille qui rêvait d’un bidon d’essence et d’une allumette.

It’s sad that Larsson is dead, because his opus seemed to be only the beginning of the story. Most of the action takes place within a year and a half, so the characters have evolved, but not as much if another series of novels would take place five years later.

Blomkvist is a serial womanizer, but a journalist with a lot of integrity, who wants to find corruption in Sweden and expose it in his political magazine, Millenium. From what I’ve read, it seems that the 3rd volume, which I just finished, will be printed in English only next year.

The French version has been thoroughly made French via the dialogue. What I mean is that the dialogues are like those of a French author. This is also a bit annoying and I’m sure that there will be a difference between the translations. The way that some of the characters talk is a bit too infantile. They speak like teenagers, and they are 40-somethings working in the media. I probably think that an English translation from the UK would be much more appropriate. The dialogue would be more appropriate. I’m thinking that it would be much more accurate than the French translation.

However, this series of book is really good. It took me three days to read close to 2000 pages. Even so, I really liked reading them in French. It was fun and I need to stock up on some French books before leaving Quebec. For me to set aside In Cold Blood to read this trilogy over the weekend is a good indicator to others that these books are a gread read. Once again, I deplore the fact that Larsson is dead. There are more stories to be told about Blomkvist and Salander. It’s too bad that he won’t be able to tell them.

The first book, Les hommes qui n’aimaient pas les femmes, tells us the story about a hidden serial killer in Sweden, whose hunt starts up by the search for a girl that disappeared by then disgraced journalist Blomkvist. In the course of his investigation, he meets Salander, a hacker, who helps him out to do research.

The second book, La fille qui rêvait d’un bidon d’essence et d’une allumette, tells us the story of Lisbeth Salander, how she was framed for the murder of two Millenium journalists and her legal tutor and how Blomkvist tries to exonerate her.

The third book, La reine dans le palais des courants d’air, goes into Salander’s trial and the conspiracy that led a secret police agency to try and box her for the rest of her life. This secret police agency works outside the framework of government and congressional oversight, so it’s illegal.

Books 2 and 3 form a continuous narration, meaning that they are basically the same book, only spread over 1300 pages. Book 1 is clearly distinct and about a year passes between book 1 and 2.

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6 Responses to “La reine dans le palais des courants d’air”


  1. 1 wordsworm April 18, 2009 at 17:43

    Hallo Range
    This worm has recently spent some time in the English versions of Millennium 1 and 2. I’m eagerly looking forward to being stuck in Millennium 3 when the English version is published. My Travelling Companion shows every sign of being smitten with Stieg Larsson and his creations Lisbeth Salander and Kalle Blomkvist. Me, I can identify with both. They’re a complex mix of ego, unreality and awesomeness. Just like me.
    Yours in print
    Mark Wordsworm, Travelling Worm and Bookmark Extraordinaire

  2. 2 range April 18, 2009 at 23:30

    The trilogy was pretty good. For me to finish reading it in a weekend means that it was pretty damn good.


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