The Girl Who Takes An Eye for An Eye

The Girl Who Takes An Eye for An Eye

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Lisbeth Salander has been forged by a brutal childhood and horrific abuse. And repeated attempts on her life. The ink embedded in her skin is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight against the injustice she finds on every side. Confinement to the secure unit of a women's prison is intended as a punishment. Instead, Lisbeth finds herself in relative safety. Flodberga is a failing prison, effectively controlled by the inmates, and for a computer hacker of her exceptional gifts there are no boundaries. Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week - and receives a lead to follow for his pains, one that could provide an important expose for Millennium: Salander tells him to check out Leo Mannheimer, a seemingly reputable stockbroker from Stockholm, somehow connected to the long-ago death of a child psychologist - and to the psychiatric unit where Lisbeth was an involuntary patient as a child. Lisbeth knows she is coming closer to solving the mysteries of her early life; and even within the confines of the prison, she feels the deadly influence exerted by her twin sister. Salander will stand up for what she believes in. She will find out the truth. Whatever the cost.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2017
ISBN: 9780451494320
0451494326
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LAGERCRANTZ
Characteristics: vii, 347 pages ; 25 cm

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2018

17 quotes found in goodreads this morning. I got a few more:
She had some kind of birthmark.” “It looked like a burn on her throat.” “As if a dragon had breathed fire on her.”
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It was 7:30 p.m. That was the most dangerous time at Flodberga Prison. Seven-thirty p.m. was when the daily freight train thundered past; the walls shook and keys rattled and the place smelled of sweat and perfume. All the worst abuses took place then, masked by the racket from the railway and in the general confusion just before the cell doors were shut.
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He decided to treat himself to a taxi to Örebro Central Station, and on the train to Stockholm he read a novel by Peter May, a Scottish crime writer.
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“For starters, he’s not a leech like you, always sucking information from the people around you. He’s a thinker, a philosopher.” “We leeches have always been a little primitive.”

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2018

“Lies as weapons.” “Lies as a way of creating chaos and confusion. Lies as an alternative to violence.”
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“Paris. A city in Europe. Said to have a conspicuous tower.”
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she wear her niqab even to go round the corner to buy milk.
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At 7:29 p.m. Faria felt the first shuddering of the freight train like a fierce pain shooting through her body.
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Gunnar Ekelöf’s poem “Waterlilies.” He had not read it since he was a young man. But still he remembered it well, maybe not word for word, but most of it. The poem was about a man—presumably the poet’s alter ego—who wrote what he called a preface to his own death. He wanted his last trace to be a clenched fist rising through a pond of water lilies, words bubbling to the surface.
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“What can I say, at my age? I have to be thankful that my body hurts and reminds me that it exists,”
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“I’m not the first to say this. It’s obvious that both the financial markets and religion rely on faith. If we begin to doubt, they collapse,”

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2018

What is the market? It’s a convention. We’ve decided to let our anxieties and dreams and thoughts about the future set the price of currencies, companies and raw materials. Much of what matters in our lives—like our cultural heritage and our institutions, for example—are mere creations of human imagination.
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Few things would create as much chaos as a complete loss of faith in our money. You have to keep in mind that it’s not even necessary for us to doubt. It’s enough if we think that others do.
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Good old Keynes, legendary economist, once compared the stock market to a beauty contest—one in which we, the jury, do not select the person we think is the most beautiful, but the one we think is going to win.
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It’s no good standing there shouting ‘Dimwits, there’s no danger,’ when everyone else is running for their lives.
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It can take time, though, and then it doesn’t matter how right you are. You can be right all the way to the bankruptcy courts, to paraphrase Keynes again.

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2018

There was nothing spiritual or generous about God, not in her family. He was little more than a hammer with which to beat people over the head, an instrument for small-mindedness and oppression, …
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In a forest in the age of hunting and gathering, someone with good hearing would be the most alert and therefore the most likely to find food. In a major city full of noise, that same person would risk confusion and overload. More recipient than participant.
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“Qawmi?” Koranic schools which exist outside government control. There’s evidence to suggest that young jihadists receive their ideological training in some of them.
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First you find out the truth. Then you take revenge.
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If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that the truth is generally a little unexpected, or even illogical, since we humans aren’t entirely rational. Whereas lies, as a rule, tend to be consistent and comprehensive and often sound like a cliché—especially if the liars aren’t very good.

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2018

Salander was standing by her desk and gave him a smile, or something close to a smile, which restored his cautious optimism.
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Even though he was a child, he already knew about the Romani community and about their oppression—forced sterilizations, lobotomizations and even ethnic cleansing in some parishes.
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Previously, schools had done nothing whatsoever for exceptionally gifted children. Singling them out was seen as being at odds with the Swedish ideal of equality. Schools also lacked the ability to identify and understand them. Many intelligent pupils were so under-stimulated that they became disruptive and were put in classes which catered to special educational needs. It seems that there was a disproportionately large number of gifted children in psychiatric care.
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What can be forgiven, and what cannot?
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Clearly he didn’t like her, and that suited her just fine. She did not care for him either. She had read too many of his e-mails.

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2018

“Doesn’t sound too good.” “Full marks for insight,” she said.
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That was Django Reinhardt’s ‘Nuages.’ ”
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Django grew up in poverty in Liberchies in Belgium, sometimes stealing chickens just to survive. He began to play the guitar and violin at an early age and was considered very promising. But when he was eighteen, he knocked over a candle in his caravan, setting alight the paper flowers his wife sold to earn a living, and the blaze spread. Django suffered serious burns, and for a long time it was thought that he would never play again, especially not when it turned out that he had lost the use of two fingers of his left hand. Yet with the help of a new technique he was able to keep on developing his playing, and he soon became world famous and a cult figure. But first and foremost, Django was a Gypsy—or Roma, as people now said.

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2018

Heredity and environment interact constantly, Hilda wrote. We seek out occurrences and activities which stimulate our genes and make them flourish, and we avoid things which frighten us or make us uncomfortable.
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Thousands of twins, both identical and fraternal, grow up apart from each other, either because one or both have been adopted, or, more rarely, as the result of some unfortunate mix-up in a maternity ward. Many of these cases are heartrending, but they also provide scientists with crucial test cases. The studies come to more or less the same conclusion: hereditary factors in conjunction with our unique environment are the primary factors in shaping our personalities.

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2018

And prison meals could be classified as health food compared to the junk she ordinarily stuffed herself with.
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In the U.S., there were the so-called Jim Twins of Ohio: unaware of each other’s existence, yet both became chain-smokers of Salem cigarettes, bit their fingernails, suffered from bad headaches, had carpentry workbenches in their garage, named their dogs Toy, got married twice to women with the same name, had sons they christened James Allan and James Alan, and God knows what else.
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Leo played with the same three-tone arpeggios as Dan did at the time. Just like Dan, he used diminished chords without the flattened fifth, or the minor seventh without the flat ninth as most of the others did, and he often landed on the seventh tone in the Dorian minor scale.

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2018

Life often looks its best from a distance. He was yet to understand that.
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Identical twins are formed from a single egg which splits relatively quickly in the uterus. The question here is how soon that split takes place. If it’s more than four days after fertilization, the twins share a placenta, and that increases the risk to the foetuses. And if the split occurs even later, between seven and twelve days, say, the babies can turn out to be mirror-image twins. Twenty percent of all identical twins are mirror-image twins.” “Meaning what?” “That they’re identical, except they’re each other’s mirror image. One becomes left-handed, the other right-handed. In rare cases their hearts can be on opposite sides of their bodies.”

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2018

As many as one pregnancy in eight may begin as a twin pregnancy, although sometimes one of the embryos does not thrive and is reabsorbed into the gestational sac. This is known as Vanishing Twin Syndrome, or V.T.S. Some twins lose a sibling after birth because of adoption, or, more rarely, a mix-up in the maternity ward. Some meet for the first time only as adults; others never meet at all. Identical twins Jack Yufe and Oskar Stöhr first encountered each other at a railway station in West Germany in 1954. Jack Yufe had lived on a kibbutz and been a soldier in the Israeli army. Oskar Stöhr had been active in the Hitler Youth.
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“I thought about the dragon when I was strapped to the bed at St. Stefan’s.” “What were you thinking?” “That it looked helpless with the spear stuck in its body, but that one day it would rise up, breathe fire and destroy its enemies. That’s what kept me going.”

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pacharlie
May 03, 2018

David Lagercrantz falls well short of creating the entertainment of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy. If Lagercrantz continues the trajectory of his second attempt to conjure Larsson it might yield “The Girl who watches paint dry” where Lisbeth Salander is diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Millenniun is taken over by Rupert Murdoch. Lots of better stuff out there to read.

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2018

The main theme was about two identical Twins with good musical genes. They were born together, raised apart in diametrical social conditions, nature vs. nurture etc. Relevant and interesting as Lisbeth and her doppelganger sister were once under close watch by the secret "Registry" that ran "Project 9." It's too bad that the author diluted the story with too many current event topics as "loop quantum gravity theory," "Russian-trolls/fake-news," "flash crashes/hacking of financial markets" and "fentanyl/synthetic curare.” While the young Muslim woman punished for family honor was intimately connected to Salander's heroics in this book, I like the boy with savant syndrome charactero in "The Girl in the Spider's Web" more. A good read ... a very good read with minor editing in mho. More Salander adventures soon I hope.

Note: worthwhile to look up to peruse a high resolution image of “St George and the Dragon” statue, inside the Storkyrkan Church, Stockholm.

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Squid_1
Nov 14, 2017

It was good up until halfway and then it became ridiculously predictable.

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jr1239
Sep 29, 2017

I have read both of the books written by David Lagercrantz continuing the saga created by Stieg Larsson about Lisbeth Salander. Neither of those come even close to matching the late Larsson's writings! Both books left me with the feeling that they were very disjointed in the flow of the story and not that exciting as were the books written by Mr. Larsson. How this latest book The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye has ended up on the best sellers list is beyond me. It is probably because, like me, people were hoping this book would be more like the originals which were awesome. I will not bother reading any new books by David again.

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