Books: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a mystery novel about the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, a member of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families. Financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist from Millennium is hired to investigate after a libel scandal from which he became temporarily out of work. Together with the help of a genius tattooed hacker, Lisbeth Salander, Mikael discovers the ugly truth behind the corrupted Vanger family.

Everyone has secrets. It’s just a matter of finding out what they are.

Since finishing Gone Girl, I’ve taken an interest in mystery or suspense novels. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first book in the Millennium series, and it has sparked my interest in the other two books, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. It took me a longer time than usual to complete this book because of Larrson’s writing style. His writing is intricate and detailed and he has a thing for telling readers the background stories of many of the characters (side ones included). Overall, it had an intriguing plot and Larrson was able to tie up loose ends with the believable use of financial and technical jargon.

As for the two main characters, I like Salander but Blomkvist urks me.

Lisbeth Salander

She did not just seem difficult – in his eyes she was the very quintessence of difficult.

She is the girl with the dragon tattoo. Salander is independent and spunky with cut-throat honesty and humor. She is your signature badass girl with leather jacket, a photographic memory, and little empathy for men, making her a fitting character for the theme of violence against women. At the same time, she is quite vulnerable. She has a fear of people, which is why she has built up a very strong defense and effectively shuts people out.

I like Salander because she is useful. The case would never have been solved without her expertise in knowledge gathering. I also like Salander for her mysterious and seemingly dark past that is often referenced throughout the book. I look forward to finding out about her in the next book.

Mikael Blomkvist

She’s married. I’m more a friend and occasional lover.

He is a nice guy. Seems like he has good morals, being a financial journalist and all. What really urks me about him is how he seems to have infinite pheromones. Along with his long-time (sex) friend, Erika Berger, Blomkvist also manages to maintain a sexual relationship with Salander and Cecilia, one of the members of the Vanger family. Basically, he has a different dominant sex buddy in the three sections of the novel. And he didn’t initiate any of them.

Other than that, he is a good man. In a filthy pool of bastard characters, Blomkvist is the refreshing rain that drains them out. He is polite and patient, non-judgmental and sweetly enticing to all the female characters. I’m not sure what his flaws are since he seems to be very capable professionally and sexually. The only possible flaw for him is his tendency to love but not commit, as seen in his divorce and ongoing relationships.

As a team

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.

The Salander and Blomkvist combination function great. They satisfy each other in all the areas they individually lack. Salander lacks compassion, ethics and is socially inadequate, which Blomkvist is able to make up for. Blomkvist lacks sufficient information and mind traps, which Salander is able to provide cleverly and at times, illegally. They are, in every way, an unlikely and wonderful combination that brings forth surprising results. I also believe they are able to help each other overcome personal monsters.

eb66a206fcba478341eac3efd4d5ac5d Sincerely, Loewe

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