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If only the original title was kept in translation

  • Jul 7, 2010
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The original title in Swedish is Men Who Hate Women, which is entirely reflective of not only the events in the book, but Stieg Larsson's feminism.  Lisbeth Salander is kick-ass and complex, and I most enjoyed getting to know her character and watch both the development of my understanding of her through her past, as well as watch her character development through the novel.  

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July 20, 2010
I agree with you about the title. The memorable -- and horrible -- parts of the novel are about those monster-men who hate women. This is translated Swedish, of course, and I would have loved some footnotes about some of the locations -- I couldn't tell if some of the words were streets, or cities, or lakes. This is an intricately plotted novel, rather like a Russian one -- with similar names (Birger and Berger tripped me up many times). Generally this was a fascinating book, but I don't know if I can stomach the next one. Too disgusting for me.
 
July 19, 2010
Hmmm, that's very interesting. I wonder why they changed the name, but the current name is more poetic and beautiful. I guess I'll have to read it to find out. Thanks for sharing!
July 19, 2010
If you want a better title, it should have been "Men Who Hate Women and Women that Hate the Men Who Hate Women and Do Something About It." It is an excellent novel, one of the best I have read. Not to be missed.
July 19, 2010
Wow, that's a lot of hate going on there! I only vaguely know what the book is about based on the reviews that I read, but most were rave reviews, so I'll have to check it out.
 
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Amazon Best of the Month, September 2008: Once you startThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you reallydon'twant to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. --Dave Callanan

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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ISBN-10: 0307269752
ISBN-13: 9780307269751
Author: Stieg Larsson
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Vintage
Date Published: September 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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