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ISBN13: 9780307473479
ISBN10: 0307473473
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1. Who do you consider the novel's protagonist, Lisbeth or Mikael? Why?

2. What point was Larsson trying to make with the themes running through this novel? How do issues such as violence against women, journalistic integrity, and more general notions of trust tie in with each other throughout the book?

3. What function do the sex-crime statistics on each section's title page serve?

4. Reread the passage from Mikael's book on page 112. What is its significance in terms of the plot?

5. On page 172, Henrik tells Mikael, "If there's one thing I've learned, it's never engage in a fight you're sure to lose. On the other hand, never let anyone who has insulted you get away with it. Bide your time and strike back when you're in a position of strength—even if you no longer need to strike back." Over the course of the novel, who puts this advice to the best use? How, and why?

6. How does the involvement of several Vanger brothers with Swedish fascist groups cloud Mikael's investigation into Harriet's disappearance? What role does Harald play?

7. Why does Henrik become an investor in Millennium? Does his plan succeed?

8. Discuss the character of Lisbeth. Some think she is a "perfect victim" (p. 447), others find her intimidating, and Mikael wonders if she has Asperger's, but the reader is allowed to see exactly how her mind works. How do you see her? How do you think she sees herself?

9. What do you think about the way Lisbeth turns the tables on Bjurman? Is it admirable, or a sign that she's unstable?

10. On page 278, Lisbeth says her new tattoo is "a reminder." Of what?

11. Several times in the novel, Mikael's journalistic ethics are challenged. Do you consider him to be ethical? In your opinion, is anyone in the novel truly honorable? If so, why?

12. After reserving judgment for most of his investigation, Mikael determines that Harriet was, in fact, murdered and that he's hunting for a killer. What prompts this decision? How does this affect the rest of his investigation?

13. Discuss the role of parents in the novel. Who is a good parent, and why? How might Harriet's story have changed if her mother had behaved differently? What about Lisbeth's? Is Mikael a good father?

14. Blackmail is used several times in the novel, for different ends. Who uses it most effectively, and why?

15. On page 552, Mikael tells Lisbeth that to him, friendship requires mutual respect and trust. By those standards, who in this novel is a good friend? Is Mikael? What about Anita?

16. Discuss Henrik's request that Mikael never publish the Vanger story. Is it a reasonable request? Does Mikael's acquiescence change your opinion of him? Do Lisbeth's demands mitigate his ethical breach?

17. What ultimately drives Lisbeth to take action against Wennerström on her own? Does she go too far?

18. Reread Mikael's statement about the media's responsibility at the top of page 628. Can you think of a situation in the American media that is analogous to the Wennerström affair?

19. Discuss the ending. Was it satisfying to you? Why or why not?

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hakushaku13, April 10, 2013 (view all comments by hakushaku13)
Being a fantasy fan I usually don't really like books like this. I always found thrillers and detectives a rather boring reading. But my Mom presented me with this book on my birthday, and started to read it before me, and liked it very much. So I decided to start reading it too.

How surprised I was when realised that I can't stop reading it! I finished all three books of this series in a week. I was very impressed. The plot looks so realistic and characters so real and alive.

This book is so different from evrything that I read, but it's really awesome.
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Penny DeTello, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Penny DeTello)
My coworkers & I loved this book!
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one6ylady, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by one6ylady)
Got this book as a gift in September, and went and bought the 2nd and 3rd books in the series before I had even gotten half-way through this 1st book... I knew I was going to have to read the whole series.

The book is not for those of faint heart, it gets pretty graphic at times, but the gritty realizm is what drags you into the story and makes it imperative that you keep reading to find out what happens next. The characters are an unusual mixture, but somehow, they work perfectly together. Sometimes you feel like hugging one, sometimes you want to smack them.

Such a shame the world lost this wonderful author. I can only wonder at the other great works he might have written had he lived longer.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307473479
Author:
Larsson, Stieg
Publisher:
Del Rey
Translator:
Keeland, Reg
Subject:
General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date:
20091123
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
35 x 11 x 7 in 17 lb

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In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, corporate intrigue, subtle psychology, explosive content, and a sensational heroine make for a high-caliber novel.

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"Synopsis" by , In this international bestseller, a crusading journalist joins forces with a 24-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker to investigate the whereabouts of a woman missing from one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.
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