The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs

Author: Thomas Harris
165.00 dh 140.00 dh
I don't know how many time I have read this book now, definitely close to double figures if not into them. I have also seen the film numerous times, in fact it was the film that prompted me to buy this book in a second hand book shop (Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal for £5 total bargain!). Having seen the adaptation first, and quite a faithful one, means I had an idea of the way these people looked and sounded. Whenever Clarice Starling speaks in this book it is Jodie Foster I hear in my head, when Dr Lecter talks it is Anthony Hopkins (in one of *the* best film roles in my opinion!). I don't know if not hearing the characters 'unbiased' means I am losing some of the book or not, but to me it adds to it.

Although this is (now) the third book in the series I think this is the best one to read first as your introduction to Dr Lecter and Clarice Starling. This book sets up so much (especially in regards the ending of Hannibal) but never feels like it is doing so - it can be read as a stand alone and I think that is one of the books major strengths - so many series are just that, a series where you need to read every book to get an acceptable conclusion. Silence gives you a good ending, you know enough about the various characters to understand where they are likely to go in the world and how they will live thier lives.

Although this book is not for everyone, it is the most likely of Harris' that I would recomend to others - Red Dragon never really grabs me as much as this whilst the ending of Hannibal is one that I know seriously divides opinions (and Hannibal Rising is barely worth mentioning in my opinion). Is it a 'perfect' novel - no, but it is a darn good one which has characters who *do* make mistakes and are believable in thier decisions and actions.
I don't know how many time I have read this book now, definitely close to double figures if not into them. I have also seen the film numerous times, in fact it was the film that prompted me to buy this book in a second hand book shop (Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal for £5 total bargain!). Having seen the adaptation first, and quite a faithful one, means I had an idea of the way these people looked and sounded. Whenever Clarice Starling speaks in this book it is Jodie Foster I hear in my head, when Dr Lecter talks it is Anthony Hopkins (in one of *the* best film roles in my opinion!). I don't know if not hearing the characters 'unbiased' means I am losing some of the book or not, but to me it adds to it.

Although this is (now) the third book in the series I think this is the best one to read first as your introduction to Dr Lecter and Clarice Starling. This book sets up so much (especially in regards the ending of Hannibal) but never feels like it is doing so - it can be read as a stand alone and I think that is one of the books major strengths - so many series are just that, a series where you need to read every book to get an acceptable conclusion. Silence gives you a good ending, you know enough about the various characters to understand where they are likely to go in the world and how they will live thier lives.

Although this book is not for everyone, it is the most likely of Harris' that I would recomend to others - Red Dragon never really grabs me as much as this whilst the ending of Hannibal is one that I know seriously divides opinions (and Hannibal Rising is barely worth mentioning in my opinion). Is it a 'perfect' novel - no, but it is a darn good one which has characters who *do* make mistakes and are believable in thier decisions and actions.