Books of the year 2010 | Lesley Chamberlain

The Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larsson

Millions love Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. For Larsson's success think Simenon: a small vocabulary and a carefully defined investigative procedure that can be repeated over and over. Where computer hacking takes over from Maigret's intution, Paris gives way to a carefully and factually described Stockholm. For the rest absolutely no metaphors, and no gratuitous description of character. Just appearance and action. The character of Lisbeth Salander has been widely commented upon. She is the disfunctional twenty-something, scrupulously fair, terrifyingly honest, socially proactive, sexually without hangups, fighting for justice. On her Larsson hangs an inimitable utopianism. The good society belongs to women at their best: fit, disciplined, open-minded, honest and tough. The bad guys are violent/macho/perverted, while the good men love and admire women as their strong and independent equals. I enjoyed finding out how this page-turner worked, and discovering a feminist vision from an unexpected quarter


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