Who knew The Hannibal Lecter series was a love story What Da Fuck did I just read I was hesitant to read Hannibal, various people told they hated the book and Everyone said they hated the movie and since I Loved both the book and movie versions of Red Dragon The Silence of the LambsI was worriedVery worried I waited over a month between finishing Lambs and starting Hannibal I just kept putting it off putting it off until I finally decided to force myself to read it for my Read A Thon and I started reading it Friday finished on Sunday because despite the 544 page count Hannibal is a fast read Hannibal picks up 6 or 7 years after the events of Lambs, Hannibal is in Italy living his best life as a fugitive Clarice Starling is still at the FBI but her once promising career has stalled Hannibal s only surviving victim has put a bounty out on him and he has the money to follow though with it We finally start to get some background on Hannibal and we are shown a bit of Hannibal s psyche The entire book is great but the last 100 pages are bat shit crazy and I m not sure how I feel about it The last 3 chapters were the most unsettling in the whole book and if you ve read the book you know what I m talking about I m undecided on if I ll watch the movie but probably yes If you ve started the Hannibal Lecter series I recommend reading Hannibal despite what you ve heard about the movie.2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge A Book About A Villain or Antihero.Around the year in 52 books A book set in a country you d like to visit but have never been to. DD 10 01 2017 Hated it passionately This is that rare case where books are even worse than films, if you can believe it I don t know whatever possessed me to flip through this series Thankfully, that entity demon of boredom cluelesness was swiftly exorcised by pretty average writing, plot with Boeing sized holes were we really supposed to believe in vanishing special agents who almost no one conveniently gives a damn about and nauseating character building So far this is a DNF Left this unfinished and I don t think I ll ever return to it of my own free will Or maybe I will, let s live and see about it This series felt a bit stupid, stilted, pretentious, even It felt as if Lecter was made and MADE and freaking forced to look like an intellectual And he didn t come across as one Or maybe I m judging intellect on a scale which includes the humanity factor, or lack thereof Not sure about that.I didn t like the language The heroes felt without depth Or maybe I just don t like this concept due to severely disliking the TV snippets of this that have been irritating me to no end for ages The cannibal idea made me queasy I can t fathom just how this stuff managed to give rise to that fan thing, where people would go on to even watch series on this topic It a goddamn mystery to me The fact that our protagonist happens to be severely intellectual changes nothing for me It doesn t add him any charm or any je ne sais quoi or whatever it was that made this stuff popularish Personally, I don t give a damn if a cannibal killer is an illuminating person or not And a true intellectual Don t think he was I m sure such an illuminated thinker might have found some other stuff to eat besides fellow humans, if only to be left alone by the society to pursue their oh so deep intellectual endeavours.The story with Clarice was, uh, nauseating How do you really craft a supposedly love story or whatever it was even supposed to look like out of a story line with chemically assisted brainwashing That s what it truly was, things should be called their own names And I don t really give a damn about Dr Lecter s string theory equations was that supposed to make him likeable, him penning supposedly brilliant time physics while drugging Clarice out of her mind It does not make me sympathise with him, not at all.I m not rating it so far because it feels worthy of a 1 measly star for the writer s effort and wasted time, nothing else Still, all those fans, they couldn t have been totally mistaken about this series Or could they I ll give it some time to sit with me Maybe I missed something totally notable and earth shattering about it and will find it someday Hopefully, that will not be that sad day my shrink goes to his one At this point, it s obvious to me that it was a mistake to read this Note to self I neet to be scrupulous about choosing what I read Otherwise I m going to be investing a lot of my time into stuff I find distasteful Q She was in the garden of the hurricane s eye c Q She was awake and not awake The bathroom was indeed comfortable and furnished with every amenity In the following days she enjoyed long baths there, but she did not bother with her reflection in the mirror, so far was she from herself c Q Mason is dead Ummmm, Starling said Would you play for me c Q Starling had no sense of time Over the days and nights there were the conversations She heard herself speaking for minutes on end, and she listened.Sometimes she laughed at herself, hearing artless revelations that normally would have mortified her The things she told Dr Lecter were often surprising to her, sometimes distasteful to a normal sensibility, but what she said was always true And Dr Lecter spoke as well In a low, even voice He expressed interest and encouragement, but never surprise or censure c Q Sometimes they looked at a single bright object together to begin their talks, almost always there was but a single light source in the room From day to day the bright object changed c Oh, yes, YES The fact they they might have hypnotised each other, or gotten self hypnotised together or whatever that was, is supposed to make this special, I m sure Kidding Q Dr Lecter seemed to sense their arrival at an unexplored gallery in her mind Perhaps he heard trolls fighting on the other side of a wall c Made me think of all those insufferable internal goddess references in the 50 shades Only here we get a gardenful of trolls instead How unusual Q He replaced the teapot with a silver belt buckle That s my daddy s, Starling said She clapped her hands together like a child Yes, Dr Lecter said Clarice, would you like to talk with your father Your father is here Would you like to talk with him My daddy s here Hey All right c Vomit inducing This is exactly what I say when I see people so fascinated with all the shiny badges of merit, such as Doctor, Professor, President, etc that they would miss what is right in front of them This is a travesty of psychology And Dr Lecter is no doctor, he might have been one at some point or not but he is not one, after indulging in all his hobbies Q The monster settled back a micron in his chair c For once, a correct reference Q Mr Krendler is joining us for our first course c Nasty NASTY I m not going to give the detailed details here but they are extremely nasty This is probably the worst thing I have ever read Gross Q Dr Lecter and Clarice Starling often talk at dinner in languages other than Starling s native English She had college French and Spanish to build on, and she has found she has a good ear They speak Italian a lot at meal times she finds a curious freedom in the visual nuances of the language c Once again, a pitiful attempt at either intellectuality or closeness Oh, yeah, so they speak 3 foreign languages, they found each other, the intellectual soulmates, SQUEAAL For one thing, I don t think a couple of people with the depicted level of issues to put it very mildly would be able or even want to get really close to each other And there are lots of true polyglots out there, who have mastered a lot languages and don t think it anything fancy A very lame scene.Q Their relationship has a great deal to do with the penetration of Clarice Starling, which she avidly welcomes and encouragesSex is a splendid structure they add to every day c Uh huh, of her own free will, of course, NOT.Q It is hard to know what Starling remembers of the old life, what she chooses to keep The drugs that held her in the first days have had no part in their lives for a long time Nor the long talks with a single light source in the room c So, we are informed that the gal has been weaned off the drugs but is still on hypnosis Good to know kidney failure might not be her next option Still, I m not really sure what purpose this achieves, ethic or aesthethic Are we supposed to conclude at this point that hypnosis brainwashing is good for one s psyche Q We ll withdraw now, while they are dancing on the terrace the wise Barney has already left town and we must follow his example For either of them to discover us would be fatal.We can only learn so much and live c I can t help thinking it would have been best had I continued ignoring this series. Years After His Escape, Posing As Scholarly Dr Fell, Curator Of A Grand Family S Palazzo, Hannibal Lives The Good Life In Florence, Playing Lovely Tunes By Serial Killer Composer Henry VIII And Killing Hardly Anyone Himself Clarice Is Unluckier In The Novel S Action Film Like Opening Scene, She Survives An FBI Shootout Gone Wrong, And Her Nemesis, Paul Krendler, Makes Her The Fall Guy Clarice Is Suspended, So, Unfortunately, The First Cop Who Stumbles On Hannibal Is An Italian Named Pazzi, Who Takes After His Ancestors, Greedy Betrayers Depicted In Dante S Inferno Pazzi Is On The Take From A Character As Scary As Hannibal Mason Verger When Verger Was A Young Man Busted For Raping Children, His Vast Wealth Saved Him From Jail All He Needed Was Psychotherapy With Dr Lecter Thanks To The Treatment, Verger Is Now On A Respirator, Paralyzed Except For One Crablike Hand, Watching His Enormous, Brutal Moray Eel Swim Figure Eights And Devour Fish His Obsession Is To Feed Lecter To Some Other Brutal Pets He s Hannibal alright, but she s not Clarice This is the third novel in the Hannibal Lecter book series. WILL THE REAL MAIN CHARACTER PLEASE STAND UP I already explained in my review of The Silence of the Lambs that I became fan of the story for Clarice Starling instead of Dr Hannibal Lecter, and pondering about the ball effective time of Lecter in the first two books, I still believe that Thomas Harris never thought that Hannibal Lecter would become the leading character in the book series, but for better or worse, after the successful film, people embraced the character of Dr Hannibal Lecter as the main one in the saga so it was logic now, that third book would be title Hannibal, so there wasn t any doubt now that Lecter was the protagonist of the book series and the investigators Will Graham and Clarice Starling were just unlucky pawns of Dr Lecter story.It was HIS story.Not Will s, not Clarice s, HIS.Will Graham had left the game But Clarice could still make a second swing but Harris made the wrong call, in my humble opinion NOT UNDERSTANDING THE MONSTER In real life, monsters because monsters exist don t need a reason to do what they do, and how they do it, sometimes it s explained, but sometimes they are just monsters.However, in literature, there is a need of reason, a need of order, a need to avoid senseless chaos, if the monsters have a reason of what they do, how they do it, readers tend to accept the monsters So, while the whole backstory of Hannibal Lecter would be deeply exposed in his following novel, Hannibal Rising, here, you learn the real crucial piece of information about the past of Lecter which gives you the key to understand the monster and while Harris seemed to develop the book s story according to that at the end I don t believe he understood Lecter, for not saying Starling neither REALLY KNOW YOUR CHARACTERS FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling was the star rookie thanks to catch Buffalo Bill even before of her formal graduation from Quantico, but that was seven years ago, and you can t survive of only past glories, and she has just did an unspeakable mistake in a field assignment even Dr Hannibal Lecter is worried about Clarice s future.However, Dr Lecter should be worried about himself since with a life doing so many wrong things to so many dangerous people, it was obvious that sooner or later, someone from his dark past would catch on him, looking for reckoning.Evil faces evil and Clarice s mental health is in the middle.To be honest, two thirds of the book were quite well developed, showing many of the darkest things that human beings can do to other human beings it was the final act don t worry, I won t spoil it that I humbly think that Thomas Harris made the wrong call, A VERY WRONG CALL, with the characters of Hannibal and Clarice, not understanding the real reason of why they were so obssessed with each other and while you may think that only Clarice was ruined as character and that Hannibal wasn t that bad ruined, trust me, if you understand Hannibal, even him was ruined to a level since even a monster can only fall to a certain degree, to avoid twisting its own code of why, what, how and to whom, do things. I have a theory about this horrible book.Both Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs are formidable pieces of pop fiction They are well written thrillers with great descriptions and characters They were both adapted into great movies They made Thomas Harris a very rich man.I think Mr Harris made a bet, maybe with a friend or just to himself He knew that his next novel would be snapped up for big bucks for the screen rights He knew he would not get any control over the script So he decided to write a book that would basically be un filmable It would be so preposterous, such dreck, that it would drive the screenwriters crazy And Mr Harris would be laughing all the way to the bank.This theory makes it possible to think that Thomas Harris is talented There are other theories that eliminate that possibility Of course, the publication of Hannibal Rising kind of shot my theory all to hell.I can t believe I was so excited about this book that I rushed out to buy it in hardcover Ugh I sold it to a used bookstore at the first opportunity. Hannibal happens to be one of my favorite fictional characters and with this book I became enad with him Yes, it s twisted but me likes him a lot OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD Hannibal by Thomas Harris is the 3rd book in the Hannibal Lector series and I need this is my favourite and I think the best one of the series.It s creepy, edge of your seat thrilling and a little gory scary starving boars wild pig s and people eating and threating to eat people enough said oh did I forget the big twist at the end This series is a series I recommend for everyone to read , The film s TV series do a great job but we get a lot insight into the characters.Hannibal Lector is definitely the character we love to hate Or is that just me Did you ever think, Clarice, why the Philistines don t understand you It s because you are the answer to Samson s riddle You are the honey in the lionClearly, the world didn t need want is another matter, of course one novel featuring Hannibal Lecter At the end of Silence of the Lambs, the good doctor had escaped the clutches of the law, after having treated the local authorities to a grotesque display of Grand Guignol theatre by way of parting gift This was a than fitting, infinitely memorable adieu to the cannibal, who from his first appearance in Red Dragon never was supposed to be a main character, let alone the protagonist But of course Harris for a variety of reasons, financial considerations probably being the main one couldn t resist revisiting Lecter, and 11 years after Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal arrived, which places Lecter prominently in the foreground, now living in Florence as a museum curator under the alias of Dr Fell.As can be expected, the mere fact of him being no longer confined significantly diminishes the interest the character previously managed to pique Locked up, with only his intellect and ingenuity at his disposal to manipulate whatever unfortunate soul he deems worthy, he represented a much intriguing, insidious creature One only has to recall that one time he managed to talk a fellow inmate into biting off and swallowing his tongue just by whispering to him at night What those words were exactly, no one knows, and that s precisely what makes it disturbing Oddly, Harris in a rare moment of authorial commentary, almost inadvertently intimates this fact in HannibalDr Lecter stood at a distance from her, very still, as he had stood in his cell when she first saw him We are accustomed to seeing him unfettered now It is not shocking to see him in open space with another mortal creatureNot shocking, you say Thank you for proving my point for me, Mr Harris My previous issue with Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs consisted of there being not much new material in those books, since they both had been rather literally adapted in the case of Red Dragon, twice with few deviations The problem rested with me, not with the books themselves With Hannibal though, you get quite a different animal, which initially delighted me There is a substantial subplot involving Mason s peculiar sister, Hannibal s traumatic memory of the tragic fate of his sister Mischa plays a considerable role, and Ardelia Mapp and Jack Crawford both excised from the film have been carried over from Silence of the Lambs, which make for wonderful additions to the plot, even though my reservations about a freely operating Lecter were still very much present Yet, for being an otherwise accomplished, even highly enjoyable thriller, Hannibal unfortunately ends with a callous betrayal Not of the kind perpetrated by one fictional character to another mind you, but by the author to his audience As endings go, it surely must go down in history as one of the most ill advised and ignominious Normally I am a passionate advocate for the idea of the creator s absolute sovereignty, who is under no obligation whatsoever to accommodate his audience Yet here both Harris lack of judgment and the unwillingness cowardice of his editor to stand firm and demand the ending to be replaced simply must be deplored A mere 20 pages That s all it took for Harris to destroy the essence of Clarice Starling, one of the best loved female characters in all of fiction, only in order to ham fistedly drive home the theme of mutual attraction between her and Lecter Granted, this dynamic between the two was always there, lurking beneath the surface, but the impossibility of it ever materializing was exactly what made it interesting Yet Hannibal ends as a twisted love story, fully consummated, which Harris apparently feels the need to make explicit in detailTheir relationship has a great deal to do with the penetration of Clarice Starling, which she avidly welcomes and encouragesYes, it actually says that It s not so much the exploration of Starling as a sexual being that is irksome here previously, she was almost solely focussed on her career, with not much thought given to romantic interactions with men but how she is just undergoing the process, as if she has no agency This is a radical departure from the individual established in Silence of the Lambs who, even in her inexperience as a rookie, very much had a mind of her own That one line is absolutely devastating to this character Starling was intrigued by Lecter to be sure, but she wasn t as foolish as to think some healthy relationship could ever be maintained with him, an amoral cannibal I didn t buy it, even if she was initially under the influence of drugs and hypnosis It s clear in later passages she isn t any under that influence, but actually chooses this life, with all her mental faculties intact It totally goes against all we had come to learn about her Above all else, Starling is strong willed, highly intelligent, determined and has a rock solid moral compass It s incredible that Harris didn t realize those were the exact qualities that made her so popular in the first place Ultimately, she just ends up as Lecter s plaything, a puppet of his own creation It really makes one wonder what went on in the author s head at the time Was he under time restraint, his deadline fast approaching I d really love to know the answer to that one Hannibal is far from being a bad book, and I suggest you do read it, but go in with expectations tempered With the ending being what it is, I can t possibly give it than two stars Just goes to show that even if the first 500 or so pages were good and some passages even quite excellent, the whole enterprise can be ruined by the subsequent twenty It s one of the most delicious of ironies that Thomas Harris the creator of a famous fictional cannibal would end up cannibalizing his own work. Okay, let me confess up front I loved Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs Loved them I enjoyed the movies, too the movie version of Silence of the Lambs scared the pee out of me, and even so, I didn t want it to end So, long years later when I finally got hold of a copy of Hannibal, I really, really, wanted to love it, too But I didn t.Well, that s not entirely true If I pretend that this wasn t a sequel about characters I already know, then I can find some bright spots The book has some fantastic descriptions of Italy There are certainly some creepy scenes that gave me the shivers I was fascinated by the concept of the memory cathedral And I felt terribly bad for poor Clarice as her world crumbled in around her The problem is, none of the characters seem remotely connected to the folks we met before.Hannibal Lecter, an enigma in previous installments, now has a background It s tragic and horrifying, but is it enough to form the Hannibal we all know Maybe But even if it is, do we really have to know the details of why Lecter is who he is I m not convinced that this information makes him a compelling character.Clarice Starling, whose wagon was hitched to a rising star at the end of Silence, is on the verge of being pushed out of the FBI She has been overlooked again and again for promotion and is reduced to being scapegoated by talentless superiors.Jack Crawford, a hero and mentor in the previous books, is now for the short time he appears here a liability.I understand that people change, but come on So what happened What changed between the publication of The Silence of the Lambs and the publication of Hannibal Well, what changed was the character of Hannibal Lecter In both Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal was a minor though quite compelling character Harris went to great pains to point out that, although clever and extremely cunning, Lecter was not omniscient There was always an explanation as to how he knew the things he did, and Crawford was equally clever at figuring it out Enter Jonathan Demme When Jonathan Demme made the movie version of Silence, he said that he wanted the audience to believe that Lecter was the smartest man alive It didn t matter how he knew the things he did he just knew And to the credit of both Demme and Anthony Hopkins, it worked The movie firmly established Lecter s genius, and in the context of the film, it was brilliant you never have to explain how Lecter gets his information, and his outrageous escape becomes plausible Besides, the smarter Lecter is the the audience worries about Clarice Hopkins performance firmly established a picture in our minds of who Lecter was and how he worked.Enter Thomas Harris, trying to write a sequel to a phenomenally popular book, which was also a hugely successful movie Now everyone thought of Anthony Hopkins when they thought of Hannibal Lecter, and they believed he was the smartest psycho alive Instead of writing about his own Hannibal, he tried to write about the Demme Hopkins Hannibal, and that just didn t leave him anyplace to go but over the top, which is a crying shame The book collapses under the sheer magnitude of what we are expected to accept about these characters and where they end up. It has been many years since I read a Hannibal Lecter book The last Thomas Harris book I read was a couple of years ago, Black Sunday, and is very different from his Lecter titles I noticed some of my friends were doing a buddy read of Hannibal, so I figured it was about time to give it a tryI will say 3 to 3.5 stars.I liked it But, it was a fifty fifty thing Half of it was the gruesome, suspenseful, mysterious story that I remember from previous Lecter books and movies The other half was drawn out, slow, and sometimes uncomfortable weirdness I think that some people might enjoy those parts, but to me they just felt like filler And, the uncomfortable weirdness was in the few spots where it went from believable insanity to silly WTF ness A big part of this for me was the end it just got way too out there to be satisfying.Overall, what it felt like to me was like Harris did so well with Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs, that his publisher convinced him to write the next chapter in Lecter story and he just didn t have enough for a full novel So, in order to get a complete book, the came up with some bizarre stuff to fluff it up a bit I don t think that everyone will feel this way about it, but I couldn t avoid feeling that way no matter how much I kept hoping it would click for me before the end.I will finish my review by saying, despite my criticisms, I was entertained throughout So, even at those points when I was scratching my head at the aforementioned WTF ness, I was still enjoying the book This might seem a bit of an oxymoron enjoying a book while at the same time not being satisfied but, that is how it was Note on audiobook I don t recommend I was not super impressed with the narrator and there is a character who cannot talk very well to say any would be a spoiler , so it is very hard to understand at times.
Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this name This is Thomas HarrisThomas Harris began his writing career covering crime in the United States and Mexico, and was a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in New York City His first novel, Black Sunday, was printed in 1975, followed by Red Dragon in 1981, The Silence of the Lambs in 1988, Hannibal in 1999, and Hannibal Rising in 200
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