However, for Harris to pull off the ending, that height was necessary.
Yes, it was shocking, but also utterly satisfying, and it couldn't have been accomplished any other way. I didn't entirely enjoy the middle section in Italy, but perhaps it only made me that much more glad to return to Starling and her action-packed chapters. If you're someone who gets particularly thrilled by a blazing showdown at the climax of a book, I'd recommend this book.
If you're more interested in Harris' craft as a murder mystery writer, this book may have veered too far into ethereal horror territory for you. But either way, I think it's worth giving it a try. I give the book four stars.
It was certainly suggested, but the love is absolutely on the table. Harris wrote a prequel, Hannibal Rising , after film producer Dino De Laurentiis who owned the cinematic rights to the Lecter character announced that he was going to make a film depicting Lecter's childhood and development into a serial killer with or without Harris' help. During the investigation, Lecter secretly calls Hobbs to tip him off that Graham is on to him. I found this novel to be a delightful read, along with the others. Lecter in more of a hero's role, being hunted several years after his escape from captivity.
Perhaps I'm a fan of architecture in writing; avid description and character development. The psychology Harris tackles in these novels is what makes them a pleasant read, in my experience. I enjoy the descriptions of characters, their thought processes. Harris' brief allowance into the mind of Lecter, specifically, and other characters was rewarding.
Note I said brief. Something seemed rushed with this novel. I wasn't upset with the ending, as so many fans seem to be. I get the strong female lead, Clarice Starling, and the reasons why, perhaps, fans wanted her character to remain ABOVE the influence of Lecter, to forever stand for some sort of invisible integrity placed upon what a "strong" female should be. Fans seemed disappointed because Clarice became human, through her untimely empathy and understanding of Lecter as, not a monster, but as another human being. The monster became human and for a moment we understood him, but we don't like to acknowledge we can understand monstrous behavior.
The lamb, our strong female lead, then became lesser, almost monstrous herself, because she came to this understanding, and eventually offered herself as sort of a sacrifice to not only curb the monsters appetite, but in her own way, heal her own wounds. I found this novel to be a delightful read, along with the others.
I really enjoy seeing how the writing and characters were woven together to create the "Hannibal" television series. That series was a fantastic, and visually stunning adaptation of Harris' work. To which I highly recommend! If your mind is open, and you simply enjoy reading, these novels are truly a treat. Ive read it no less than ten times and this digital version is because the pages started to come off the paperback. The writing is spell-binding and the plot-line takes the reader on a whirlwind.
I know so many think it was crazy but it makes perfect sense to me. Id give this ten stars if permitted. I read this book immediately after Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, so the character of Hannibal Lecter was fresh in my mind. Compared to the first three including Red Dragon, which I read last year , this book is much different.
Red Dragon and Silence are tight police procedurals in which an FBI employee Will Graham and Clarice Starling, respectively goes on the hunt for a serial killer consulting with the captured Dr. Hannibal Lecter, whose character increases importance and "screen time" as we move through the series. Hannibal book 3 puts Dr.
Lecter in more of a hero's role, being hunted several years after his escape from captivity. Hannibal Rising has almost none of the procedural elements of the first three books but instead allows a glimpse into how a character like Hannibal Lecter could be molded based on the atrocities he witnessed and was victimized by during WWII. If you liked the character of Hannibal Lecter from the first three books, this book is worth checking out in my opinion.
You don't get some of the biting insight that Hannibal displays in the earlier novels, which I found to be the most interesting scenes, but I was never bored. Some critics have said Harris only wrote this to cash in on the movie which was going to be made with or without his participation, but I would disagree. I think this novel shows an empathy to the character of Hannibal Lecter, who, in my opinion, was made into the monster you come to know in the later works rather than born as one.
Eventually, Lecter becomes the youngest person ever admitted to medical school in France. He works in Paris, where he is given a job preparing cadavers. One day, Lecter witnesses a condemned war criminal receiving a sodium thiopental injection, allowing him to recall details about his war crimes.
Consequently, in an attempt to recall the names of those responsible for his sister's death, Lecter injects himself with the solution. His subsequent flashback reveals to the viewers the men who had killed Mischa, had cannibalized her as well. Lecter returns to Lithuania in search of his sister's remains. He excavates the ruins of the lodge where his family died, and upon finding Mischa's remains, he gives her a proper burial. He also unearths the dog-tags of the deserters who killed his sister.
One of them, Dortlich, attempts to kill him but is incapacitated by Lecter. After he buries Mischa's remains, Lecter forces Dortlich to reveal the whereabouts of the rest of his gang, then decapitates Dortlich with a horse-drawn pulley. Dortlich's blood splashes on Lecter's face, and he licks it off. Lecter then visits Kolnas' restaurant in Fontainebleau. He finds his young daughter and notices Mischa's bracelet on her.
He gives her Kolnas' dogtag. Dortlich's murder puts the rest of the group on alert and, because of the similarity to the first murder, places Lecter under renewed suspicion from Popil. Grutas, now a sex trafficker , dispatches a second member of the group, Zigmas Milko, to kill him.
Lecter kills Milko instead, drowning him in formaldehyde inside his laboratory. Popil then tries to dissuade him from hunting the gang. During a confrontation with Lady Murasaki, she begs him not to get revenge. He refuses, claiming that he made a promise to Mischa.
He then attacks Grutas in his home but Grutas is rescued by his bodyguards. Grutas kidnaps Lady Murasaki and calls Lecter, using her as bait. Lecter recognizes the sounds of Kolnas' birds from his restaurant in the background. Lecter goes there and plays on Kolnas' emotions by threatening his children.
Kolnas gives up the location of Grutas' boat, but Lecter kills him when Kolnas goes for Lecter's gun. Lecter goes to the houseboat and finds Grutas assaulting Lady Murasaki.
In a final confrontation, Grutas claims that Lecter had also consumed his sister in broth fed to him by the soldiers, and he was killing them to keep this fact secret. Enraged by the revelation, Lecter eviscerates Grutas by repeatedly carving his sister's initial into his body. Lady Murasaki, finally disturbed by his behavior, flees from him even after he tells her that he loves her.
The houseboat is incinerated, but Lecter, assumed to be dead, emerges from the woods. Lecter then hunts down the last member of the group, Grentz, in Canada , before leaving on his way to the United States. Hannibal Rising received generally negative reviews from film critics, though Ulliel's performance as Lecter was generally praised. It dropped out of the top 10 U. Blu-ray sales or DVD rentals are not included.