LA Times Reviews The Girl Who Kicked The Hornest’s Nest

The LA Times reviews Larsson’s latest book, which came out a while ago in French, but will be soon released in English.

Simply put, Salander is a deeply radicalized feminist, portrayed in a manner designed to test the sympathies of a largely liberal-minded audience, the attention of which is diverted by the blur of his books’ nonstop action. Implicitly, Larsson asks us whether the understanding we normally, casually extend to the principles Salander acts upon can also extend to a character who so heedlessly exemplifies them.

The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire

I just finished watching the second movie of the Millennium trilogy.This movie, just like the book on which it is based on, centers on who exactly Lisbeth Salander is. The first movie didn’t really go that much into the sordid details of her past, but we know that they were there. Mikael Blomkvist barely touches them.

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist

Last night, I took the time to watch The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, or the more appropriate title, Men Who Hate Women. Having read the books last year in French, I had been trying to find the movies. It took a while for them to be released and for me to find them. Yesterday, I also discovered that all three Stieg Larsson books were made into movies last year in Sweden. I’m sure that an English version is under way, but I have to say that the Swedish film is pretty good.

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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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