Sometimes as a reader, you curse yourself for not reading a certain book sooner, when everyone was telling you to. Why did you put it off until now, especially when all signs pointed towards its amazingness? When such a thing happens, it’s not a huge catastrophe, but you’ve certainly prolonged being indulged in a masterpiece. And that was precisely the case with me and Stieg Larsson’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Some books waltz into our lives, with great depth and dimensions, so much so that the characters find a happy place in the backseat of our memories. They become faded images of people we used to know. Yet there is another category of books altogether. This one is unique. It contains those books that surprise you, unexpectedly capturing your attention, your time, your nights. The characters in these books formulate before your eyes, within an arm’s reach, and stamp themselves all over your memory. You can’t forget these characters as easily, they don’t fade into the background. Instead, they and the stories they bring to you, stay fresh and vivid – it’s a weird, enchanting magic they have. Everyone has their own unique list of books that stick out in their thoughts. Mine would include the Harry Potter collection (first and foremost), along with Anne of Green Gables and many more. Larsson’s novel ended up having the same magic I had been warned about, and it is one book I will remember for a long while.
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is set in Sweden starring Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of a financial magazine called Millennium. He is found guilty of libel for an article he published exposing a shady financier and while awaiting his sentence, Mikael is presented with an interesting proposition (enticed to be exact). Wealthy owner of Vagner Corp, Erik Vagner, hires Mikael out to his family’s hometown in countryside to investigate the cold-case murder of his teenage niece, Harriet. The cover story though, is that Mikael is writing a family history of the Vagners as Erik wants every single person involved to be thoroughly researched. Of course, with the investigation comes years of history, and thus Mikael decides to hire an assistant. Into the story comes Lisbeth Salander. (here comes the excitement!)