Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Stieg Larsson summer reading challenge - Book II

First of all, thank you for joining the Stieg Larsson summer reading challenge!

If you are not familiar with it, you can find all info here. You can sign up until September, 10th 2011!

To qualify for the prize draw, please answer at least 3 out of the following 10 questions, courtesy of Random House Inc.

The Girl Who Played with Fire


1) Discuss the prologue. What did you think was going on? At what point did you fully understand it?

2) Think of the treatment of Salander, Erika Berger, Miriam Wu, Sonja Modig, and the trafficking of Eastern European women. What do you think Larsson was trying to say about the role of women in society?

3) Think of the arrangement agreed to by Berger, Blomkvist, and Gregor Beckman. How does this benefit each of them? Does it hurt them?

4) When Dag Svensson and Mia Johansson were murdered, what was your first response? Who did you think was the killer? Who did you think was Bjurman's killer?

5) Why does Blomkvist give Salander the benefit of the doubt, when so many others don't?

6) When newspaper articles begin to appear featuring interviews with long-ago acquaintances of Salander, did it change your perception of her character? Discuss the nature of truth in these instances: is it possible both sides were remembering accurately?

7) Blomkvist calls Salander “the woman who hated men who hate women.” Is this an accurate assessment? How did she end up this way? How does it affect her behaviour?

8) In what ways is Salander like her father and half brother? In what ways is she different?

9) Toward the end of the novel, does Blomkvist do the right thing by having Berger deliver only part of the story to Jan Bublanski and Modig? What do you think he should have done?

10) If Stieg Larsson were still alive, what one question would you most like to ask him?


Please send your answers via this link. Thank you!

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