Thomas Harris – The silence of the lambs
Hannibal Lecter – psychiatrist, psychopath, purveyor of ghastly canapés – is an ambiguous presence in Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon (1981) and its sequels. Rarely the outright villain, he tends to play the role of a genteel monster with whom the reader is, scandalously, invited to sympathise.
In The Silence of the Lambs, the best of Harris’s novels, the FBI requires Lecter’s insight in order to catch serial killer Buffalo Bill, who enjoys parading about in the flayed skins of his victims. Clarice Starling, a pretty trainee agent, is sent to visit Lecter in prison and charm him into offering help.
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This is possibly one of the only novels I've read, where the chain of events and level of description almost rivals the characters themselves (Hannibal Lecter excepted).
There are two brilliantly villainous characters in this book. The rather obvious one being the murderer who the FBI pursues throughout the novel. The rather less obvious one being the genius locked up in the asylum, who helps in solving the case and has thoughts, sinister beyond imagining, running through his head.
There are some great characters in The Silence of the Lambs. My favourites are Starling, Crawford and—sorry got to say it—Dr Lecter; Hannibal the Cannibal has a certain panache. There are a few characters that I found suitably annoying as well: Senator Martin, for instance, and her flunky Krendler. The person who really wound me up the wrong way though, was Lecter's Jailer Dr Chilton. But you need a few characters to hate in a novel. As for Buffalo Bill, I wanted to see him get what was coming to him, but somehow he just didn't get on my nerves as much as Chilton etc.
I would STRONGLY RECOMMEND this book to every crime fiction lover. I would have rated it 4.5 stars but minus 0.5 for fading suspense in the end. I could anticipate the sequence of events. But it is a sheer amusement to read this novel. I would recommend this novel to you for it’s splendid dialogues, the cunning character of Dr Lecter and the title justification. I would rate “The Silence Of The Lambs” 4 stars out of 5.
Hannibal Lecter - psihiatru, psihopat, furnizor de tartine îngrozitoare - este o prezență ambiguă în Thomas Harris a lui Red Dragon (1981) și sechelele sale. Rareori personajul negativ pur și simplu, el tinde să joace rolul unui monstru binecrescut cu care cititorul este, scandaloasă, invitat să simpatizeze.
În Tăcerea mieilor, cel mai bun dintre romanele lui Harris, FBI-ul cere o perspectiva Lecter, în scopul de a prinde criminal în serie Buffalo Bill, care se bucurã de parading despre în piei jupuit victimelor sale. Clarice Starling, un agent destul de stagiar, este trimis să viziteze Lecter în închisoare și să-l farmece în oferirea de ajutor.
Clarice Starling, încă mai face ani de la Academia de formare și o parte a unității științelor comportamentale Biroului, este chemat să participe la unul dintre goriest, Biroul de cazuri ciudate și-a văzut vreodată. Ea este trimis să vorbească cu Hannibal Lecter, un fost psiholog, care este în prezent reședința într-un azil mintal de înaltă securitate.
Lecter, după ce a fost condamnat...