ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

Updated on November 6, 2022
Gloriousconfusion profile image

I've always been a keen reader and have so many books that I couldn't hope to read them all in my lifetime. I love being surrounded by them

Brief Synopsis of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The book was originally called Men Who Hate Women in the Swedish version and the author's antipathy for such men shines though in many layers of the story. The title was changed to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for the English version.

A wrongly disgraced investigative journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, is hired to look into the mysterious disappearance of a young woman 43 years previously. He is ably assisted by Lisbeth Salander, a weird Punk security specialist and computer hacker with her own highly individualistic moral code. Her extreme revenge on those who seek to oppress her is another strand of the tale.

Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander -Verblendung
Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander -Verblendung

This is what I thought about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

A Definite Yes!! - Interesting, unusual, a great page-turner

An intelligent story round all the daily political details of an investigative journalist, written by someone who was himself a well-known Swedish campaigning investigative journalist, famous for his anti-Nazism views.

The book started off a little slowly, with rather complex details about company finances and introducing a series of family members involved with the company, setting the stage for everything which followed. However, it was well worth paying attention, and persevering, because, after the first few pages,there were a number of intriguing strands interspersed, livening things up enough to make me want to see what it was all about, .

A Mysterious Gift

There was the mysterious gift of one flower every year for over 40 years which Vanger, an elderly director in the company received from an unknown person.

A Journalist

There was a journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, our hero, who unjustly lost a libel case brought by Wennerstrom, a fraudulent director of another organization; and as a result Blomkvist was black-listed by most publishers and had to lie low; nonetheless, he was offered a highly rewarding research job in a little village, where he was asked to investigate discreetly (whilst ostensibly writing a biography of the Vanger family business and family links) the disappearance and possible murder 43 years ago of Vanger's niece.

An Unusual Young Woman

Lisbeth Salander was introduced as a wayward young woman with an undefined mental problem whose wings were clipped when she was denied full freedom because the court had ordered that she should have a legal guardian; oh, and the current guardian abused his authority over her so that she had a serious grudge against him; she was a fiendishly accomplished and unlikely computer hacker, although not much good at human relationships,but she did develop an affection for our journalistic friend. It sounds like she and Gary McKinnon the real-life English hacker who the USA have just failed to extradite, would have had much in common.

Summarising My Thoughts About the Book

By the time these facts are established, I couldn't wait to read the rest of the book. I enjoyed the convoluted plot, and the location descriptions were realistic and interesting without being tedious. The characters were dramatic, heinous crimes were threatened and committed and the details of violent and sadistic scenes were not spared.......who would have thought that people could be so horrid!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was faultlessly translated by Reg Keeland. He managed to keep the atmosphere and fluidity of language, and there was never a point where the translation was obvious or ungainly. One or two Swedish words were retained, but they did not jar or seem out of place.

All-in-all a very enjoyable and satisfying read, and I look forward to reading the other two books in the Millenium Trilogy.

A quote from the book:

"... fraud that was so extensive it was no longer merely criminal - it was business".

The Hero

Some Videos About The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

In these videos you will find a bit about the book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a book club review, a film review, a song about the girl Lisbeth Salander.

There is also an interview with the author of the biography about Stieg Larsson "The Man Who Left Too Early".

Larsson's Life Was Every Bit as Exciting as His Characters:

He was a communist, and very vociferously opposed to the activities of the far right anti-semitic Nazi sympathisers in Sweden.

He was also a strong supporter of women's equality and his views about oppression of women shine through clearly in the fictional action of his book - those who have shown violence and aggression to women, and Lisbeth in particular, get their very unpleasant come-uppance, as she seeks to avenge the assaults on her.

This is Where You Can Rate the Book, in this Poll - Have a bit of fun with Lisbeth and Mikail

Let's see whether you thought it should be on the best seller's list

On a scale of 1-7, what did you REALLY think?

See results

An Ominous Line:

"Then I discovered that being related

is no guarantee of love!"

If you find Tattoos Fascinating - You'll love these links


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)