The Dark, The Dragon and The Disequilibrium

Review of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo; Stieg Larsson; Quercus Publishing; Rs 350; pp 542

– Yash V. Daiv

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is at present one of the heavily celebrated novels. It  is written by a late Swedish journalist and was later translated by Reg Keeland only to be received universally by the monde. The novel has a pull that takes the reader into the dark and brutal sociological strata of the Swedish Hemisphere.

This particular novel straddles the dark penchant, which consumes every human, in some corner of his heart which the author successfully balances this thread over the peculiar network of thrill, suspense, pain and gore by masterful plotting and development of the characters. The setting of the novel is fictional, the Hedeby Islands, where it’s cold, immersed in the unknown colours and habituated by the eccentric Vanger family and other residents. The unfolding of the plot synchronises with the apt formulation of locale culminating into the perfect recipe of a page turner. However if a deeper plunge is taken into the novel, it surely has its fans as well as haters.

The novel has a feminist interpretation. Several sexual abuses and general condition of women in Sweden is bought to the centre by the main character Lisbeth, who carries a dragon tattoo on her back. The crude substantial reality literally bleeds through Lisbeth who keeps the patience to overcome everything with her careless attitude. Now, the relevance of her tattoo is not the motive of the novel but a properly carved symbol for the atrocities of the world and the disequilibrium between the sexes, also chauvinist tendencies. Men want to dominate sexually, beyond the will of the woman, but it will not be tolerated in ideologies of the modern world. The Dragon stands to be a fight-back emblem with its own journey in the dark world. If, on a symbolic level it succeeds, it’s the lack of a thrilling treatment and a loose style because of which this insight can remain potentially ignored and thus it may lead to highlighting of the violence and disturbing content of the novel. This will certainly repulse certain readers, but it cannot be ignored as it is the core subject of the novel.

Overall, as a crime-suspense novel, a mystery detective fiction in a more casual sense, it excels in gripping the reader if he/she reads without keeping any expectations from the high buzz that the novel has generated. It will naturally depend on what kind of fiction you like; this one is violent or gripping. You will be shocked.

** The writer’s bio in his own words:

My meaningful name, I search for it in everything I do, I search for success within my efforts and style to conclude into a much unique product. As a student of literature, I am driven by fiction, dramatic and thriller and some classics and some that make you go high. I dream of getting ‘famously published’ one day, just want to keep on writing till I run out of the eternal ideas. I was born in the small city of Kolhapur and was raised to the world of fiction by my aunt and from then on there has been no stop. Like this bio, I think I am too dramatic:P. But sometimes drama is good, far away from real life….

P.S. I already got published, a short story of mine got published with the pomogranet pvt ltd venture, they had organised a national level short story writing contest with crossword and 20 people were to be published, my story was chosen, I consider it as the first milestone.

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Rating: 8.0/10 (16 votes cast)
The Dark, The Dragon and The Disequilibrium, 8.0 out of 10 based on 16 ratings

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