Silence of the lambs

A book by Thomas Harris.

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If you liked the film . . .

  • Dec 19, 2002
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+3
As I have seen the film of the same name many times, I already understood the gruesome goal that piqued Jame Gumb's mind as he killed each of his victims and earned the name 'Buffalo Bill'. However, being aware of the murderer's intentions did not detract from the overall reading, rather it allowed me the freedom to analyze Harris' work from a craftsman's perspective and pay closer attention to the baited hints Hannibal Lector tosses to Clarice Starling akin to bits of bread flicked to greedy birds. These scenes between Lector and Starling are electrifying in their simplicity and nuanced with a psychological tension so taut it leaves the reader gritting his teeth and sucking in his breath. Harris' juxtaposition of Lector's insidious disregard for anything that barricades his way, with his refined tastes and superior brain powers creates a personality that evokes a fascinating blend of revulsion and admiration. Like Starling, we are titillated and repulsed--little flies in Lector's spiderweb.

The film covers the novel's ground to near perfection, so anyone who has seen and enjoyed the film knows what to expect. Crawford's character in the book is fleshed out with a little more detail regarding his personal life. Such details plunge the reader deeper into the dark world of criminal investigation where sleepless nights and stark conditions supercede any of the press-generated glory from a real time quality-of-life standpoint.

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review by . March 22, 2011
I read this book on a plane on my way to Desert Shield. I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the movie adaptation of the book but nothing is better then the book. Harris has a way of writing especially in this book that made it a easy read. I can't tell you how much I would recommend this book to some that has never read Thomas Harris before. Well at least this book in particular. No spoiler alert here because I don't want anyone who hasn't read it the opportunity to get lost in a world that Harris …
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a truly creepy book that became a memorable and nearly cult-worthy movie.
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
i never actually read the book but the movie is still one of my favorites.
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Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
+5 Movie and +5 book. Classics both. Scary and suspenseful.
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The Silence of the Lambs
is a novel by Thomas Harris. First published in 1988, it is a sequel to Harris' 1981 novel Red Dragon. Both novels feature the cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, this time pitted against FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling.

The novel became a bestseller, and its Oscar-winning 1991 film adaptation is still widely ranked among the best films ever made.
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ISBN-10: 0312924585
ISBN-13: 978-0312924584
Author: Thomas Harris
Genre: Crime Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin's
ISBN: 0-312-92458-5
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