Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lizbeth Salander, Women Warriors, and Erzebet

3 or 4 years ago, I read "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and saw the original Swedish film. I was blown away by the intricate plot, but I usually read suspense/mystery novels with intricate plots. I moved on to the seemingly countless other books I read, saw that there was a popular American film, didn't have time to see it, and moved on to other things. I picked up the second book, "The Girl who Played with Fire," and couldn't put it down. Larson structured the book on equations, and Lizbeth carries with her a book called "Dimensions in Mathematics," so I looked up the closest book I could find, "Philosophical Dimensions in Mathematics Education." [Kindle edition]. She made me want to take more Math and physics. The plot was hard to figure out, and this pleases me. Usually, I can' figure it out, but Larson writes in enigmas. The last book, "The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" is the best. For one thing, it is over 800 pages, which I love in an intricate, fast paced book. For another, the epigraphs and introductory material about women warriors, like Boudicca, mentioned on this blog, Semiramis, the Amazons. The comparison is that Lizbeth is a warrior woman, and she is. She is a sprite of Shakespearean dimensions, who fights her own injustice, beats the system, does everything we wish we could go, including hide ourselves so no one know who we really live, or who we really are. And, she is a humorless, serious woman who is seriously misunderstood and falsely accused. Like Erzebet. Read the books; Lizbeth will remind you of our Countess.

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