Hannibal

Hannibal

Book - 1999
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A showdown between two psychopathic killers with a beautiful FBI agent caught in the middle. From his respirator, Mason Verger orders the capture of Hannibal Lecter, the man who put him there, and the bait is Clarice Starling with whom Lecter crossed swords in The Silence of the Lambs.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delacorte Press, c1999
ISBN: 9780385299299
038529929X
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 486 p. ; 25 cm

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srkmeyer
Apr 21, 2017

Good story. Preferred Red Dragon. Some parts difficult to read due to vocabulary & sounding too much 'like literature'. I like Elmore Leonard's writing rule: "If it sounds like writing, rewrite it."

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jackmaddox
Mar 08, 2017

One of my favorite horror novels, always leaves me feeling vaguely hungry (Dr. Lecter may be a man of unorthodox tastes, but I would still eat a meal he cooked if I was sure where the meat came from). Someone once suggested thinking of the story as an absurdist black comedy; in that line of thinking, it's a surreal, horrific cabinet of curiosities.

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ScorchingSun
Dec 05, 2009

I personally feel that novels and their movie twins need not be identical. Showing different personalities is fine as long as they don't quarrel.
This book is fictional entertainment and it works on that level.
It's a fascinating setup where an intensely complicated monster like Lector who has connived, manipulated and slaughtered so many others can himself be ensnared by a Clarice Starling. It's like a tiger mesmerized by a deer.

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Salemfalls
Jan 06, 2009

DavidB, I agree and disagree with your opinion of this book. I saw the movie before I read the book, and cannot say which one I liked better. I can see why they chose to end the movie the way they did, and it was a good ending, but so was the books. Sure it was a little out there, but it was a great twist. I think the neding showed Hannibal as less as a monster and I can see why some people, yourself included, would not like this. Hannibal felt a personal vendetta against the world for what happened to his sister, this does not mean he is uncabable of love. As for Clarice, well look at how many other books and movies have the strong female characters falling for the 'bad boy' archatype. Hannibal is the original bad guy and it made a lot of sense that they ended up together.
I do agree with you in the way that if it had not been for Hollywood and Anthony Hopkins Hannibal Lecter certainly wouldn't be as huge as he is. But let's not forget that Thomas Harris is ultimately the creator of this character, and that Hollywood simply made him a star.
In conclusion, I thought this book was interesting, not one of my favourites, and Silence of the Lambs was way better, but good none the less.

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DavidB
Nov 16, 2008

SPOILER ALERT: Hannibal Lector gets his cake and eats it too. And by cake, I mean people.

The conclusion of this novel is completely different from that of the movie.

As always, we should respect the authors and their original intent and shun Hollywood and their desire to make things blandly acceptable for the masses. It's not a question of which is better or worse; the Book's ending or the Movie's; this is how Thomas Harris intended for his story to conclude.

That being said, this novel further reveals the flawed logic behind Harris' writing and Hannibal Lector himself. Hannibal has become one of a greates modern villains bu that is only because of Sir Anthony Hopkins' excellent acting in the Silence of the Lambs.

This is a disappointing conclusion for those who viewed Clarice Sterling as a strong female protagonist and disillusioning to students of psychology. Thomas Harris is a bad writer and an even worse psychologist. Hannibal Lector should eat him.

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DavidB
Jan 05, 2009

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Convicted serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter escapes and again becomes involved with FBI agent Clarice Starling.

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