Monday, February 22, 2010

Twilight Book Club reads "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Join us on Tuesday evening, March 2nd at 6:30 for the Twilight Book club, a friendly group of people who enjoy reading books in a wide variety of genres. This time around we're reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, an international best-seller since it first appeared in 2008. As described in Publisher's Weekly, the book is "at once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden's dirty not-so-little secrets (as suggested by its original title, Men Who Hate Women). This first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple: disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, freshly sentenced to jail for libeling a shady businessman, and the multipierced and tattooed Lisbeth Salander, a feral but vulnerable superhacker. Hired by octogenarian industrialist Henrik Vanger, who wants to find out what happened to his beloved great-niece before he dies, the duo gradually uncover a festering morass of familial corruption—at the same time, Larsson skillfully bares some of the similar horrors that have left Salander such a marked woman. Larsson died in 2004, shortly after handing in the manuscripts for what will be his legacy."

More than just a superb thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is Larsson's vehicle of choice to raise awareness of financial corruption, violence against women, and questions of personal responsibility in the face of horrific crimes.

Copies of the book are still available at the Circulation Desk.


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