“I’m flipping out.” – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Flipping out in some way, shape or form is what readers of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will do for just over 500 pages worth of time. Written by Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson and published posthumously, the novel that is the first in the Millennium trilogy, became an international bestseller and was made into a film.
Mikael Blomkvist is the founder of Millennium, a magazine that specialises in investigative journalism. After failing to expose a corrupt Swedish billionaire, he is hired by Henrik Vanger, C.E.O. of the prestigious Vanger Corporation, to solve the mystery surrounding the disappearance of his niece, Harriet, in 1966.
Blomkvist ventures into the freezing northern territories of Sweden and eventually realises that he is hunting a serial killer. Along with his assistant, the antisocial but brilliant Lisbeth Salander (the girl with the dragon tattoo), Blomkvist finds himself dealing with a group men who detest women and express their hatred in the most perverse ways imaginable.
I read most of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at night and I will not deny that I was frightened. The story itself is riveting and written in a succinct and pared-down manner, adhering perfectly to the conventions of the thriller genre. Larsson’s cast of characters is complex and interesting. It highlights the fact that violence against women occurs even in what are considered the most advanced societies.
A hearty meal does wonders after an evening of nail-biting tension so after finishing the book I dragged myself to The Fumbally just off Lower Clanbrassil Street in Dublin. I had the eggs with hot ham on toasted brioche and a fresh orange juice. All of the food was cooked to perfection and the setting in an open space with mismatched chairs and tables beside large windows added to the laid back atmosphere.