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Hannibal

A book by Thomas Harris

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Stunningly brilliant.

  • Aug 2, 1999
Rating:
+5
I have a thousand things to do; deadlines yap at my heels like wolves learning to hunt.

But all was set aside this Monday morning, so I could finish this book.

It is brilliant.

It is terrifying.

And finally it is satisfying.

The plot is well-known to anyone reading the reviews. The narrative moves along swiftly, always compelling you to read one more page, one more page before you finally sleep.

Not since the Old Testament have good and evil flowed together so finely, the basic ideas of justice and injustice been so woven so tightly together that one can no longer decide what is right and what is wrong.

A wonderful, if terrifying, read.

Jerry

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Harris at his best.
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It's been seven years since Special Agent Clarice Starling visited Hannibal Lecter in the asylum in Silence of the Lambs. She's still with the FBI, although out of favor after a recent shoot-out. Wealthy recluse Mason Verger has been planning Hannibal's demise since he was under Lecter's psychiatric care. That association left Verger paralyzed and mutilated, with only thoughts of revenge to keep him alive. An Italian inspector has found Lecter living the good life in Florence, and is about to bring …
review by . February 24, 2007
Pros: Creepy (not the brain thing, I expected that), insights into Hannibal's mind     Cons: Found myself a little disappointed with the ending, surprisingly     The Bottom Line: Overall, enjoyable.     Ever since I saw the movie Hannibal, I’ve wanted to read the book. I totally dig on Anthony Hopkins. Took long enough to get this thing though…      Hannibal is the next book in line after Silence of the Lambs. …
review by . December 05, 2002
It seems that many people did not like this book, but after listening to the unabridged performance on audio cassette, I found the story compelling and psychologically intriguing, once you cut through the campy melodrama. Grant you, some of the characters, in particular, the hideously incapacitated Mason Verger, are portrayed as one-dimensional over-the-top drones on a mission that simply drive the story's action rather than provide psychological intrigue. Clarice who in 'Silence of the Lambs' was …
review by . February 08, 2001
Whether the main character of this genre of novels is called Dracula, Nosferatu, Charlie Manson or Hannibal Lecter the driver is similar: we seem to have a long history of lust for incredible gore and horror. Perhaps Thomas Harris understands this universal need as he has introduced an elegant yet smarmy character who is charismatic enough to survive three books. With the highly publicized film version of Hannibal about to be released the timing seems right to find out just how far the author could …
review by . July 16, 2000
there's very little to say in re characterisation and plot that hasn't been said in the other 2228 reviews of this book. I loved it, read it in a day, but thought the ending was a bit of a cop-out. I have three nitpicks. #1: the two officers Starling was helping in the initial police raid were called Burke and Hare. Oh pulleeeease! #2: The quadraplegic baddie was far too batman-esque. I mean, what's with the twenty four-hour tie him up and leave him there to escape method of killing him? MASON, …
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Horror lit's head chef Harris serves up another course in his Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter trilogy, and it's a pièce de résistance for those with strong stomachs. In the first book,Red Dragon(filmed asManhunter), Hannibal diabolically helps the FBI track a fascinating serial killer. (Takes one to know one.) InThe Silence of the Lambs, he advises fledgling FBI manhunter Clarice Starling, then makes a bloody, brilliant escape.

Years later, posing as scholarly Dr. Fell, curator of a grand family's palazzo, Hannibal lives the good life in Florence, playing lovely tunes by serial killer/composer Henry VIII and killing hardly anyone himself. Clarice is unluckier: in the novel's action-film-like opening scene, she survives an FBI shootout gone wrong, and her nemesis, Paul Krendler, makes her the fall guy. Clarice is suspended, so, unfortunately, the first cop who stumbles on Hannibal is an Italian named Pazzi, who takes after his ancestors, greedy betrayers depicted in Dante's Inferno.

Pazzi is on the take from a character as scary as Hannibal: Mason Verger. When Verger was a young man busted for raping children, his vast wealth saved him from jail. All he needed was psychotherapy--with Dr. Lecter. Thanks to the treatment, Verger is now on a respirator, paralyzed except for one crablike hand, watching his enormous, brutal moray eel swim figure eights and devour fish. His obsession is to feed Lecter to some other brutal pets.

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ISBN-10: 0440224675
ISBN-13: 978-0440224679
Author: Thomas Harris
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Dell
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