how great is it?

Uriah has kicked off an interesting discussion of the ballyhoo surrounding Steig Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. This “international sensation” is just reaching the US, and it will be interesting to see whether it will receive the popular attention it has in other countries.

For extremes, sample this suggestion that it deserves the Nobel Prize, and this hostile review that calls it “easily one of the worst books I’ve ever read.”

But quite a few people seem to love it; over 6 million copies have sold worldwide.

2 thoughts on “how great is it?

  1. I’m not sure it’s Nobel level stuff (there’s a bit too much preaching left-wing politics for me) but it’s a heck of a lot better than the other critic suggests. His criticisms show he really didn’t understand all the context that was given about Lisbeth’s upbringing and why she ‘allowed herself’ to be assaulted and why those horrific statsitcs he mentions are as high as they are. I wonder if he’d have felt different if the roles had been reversed – the plucky journalist was a woman and the slightly psychotic hacker who gets revenge/justice in their own way – would have been more acceptable to him? But I don’t really care what he says – for once we outside the US have had the chance to read a book before all those pesky, insular American reviewers have ruined it 😉 I loved it and can’t wait for The Girl Who Plays With Fire which should be available here early next year. I hope it features more Lisbeth.

  2. I was less impressed than most people by the book, and for that reason sort of enjoyed the fact a reviewer was swimming against the current– but that “allowed herself to be assaulted” really steamed me. He obviously knows nothing about sexual assault.

    Fascinating comment on reversing the genders! That’s very thought-provoking.

    And yes, I suppose it’s turn about fair play for the rest of the world to get a book first…. sniff…..

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