Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Stieg Larsson summer reading challenge - Book III

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 Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

1) Have you read the two previous novels in the trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire? Which of the three did you find the most compelling, and why?

2) What is the “hornet’s nest” of the title?

3) Each part of Hornet’s Nest begins with a brief history lesson about women warriors. What was Larsson trying to say? Is Salander a modern-day equivalent of these women? Is Berger?

4) After everything that happened in the first two novels, why does Salander still distrust Blomkvist? How would you describe their relationship?

5) Can you imagine a group like the Section operating in this country? Why, or why not?

6) On Berger’s first day at her new job, the departing editor in chief offers his theory about why she was hired. Do you agree with his assessment?

7) Larsson writes about Salander, “She wondered what she thought of herself, and came to the realization that she felt mostly indifference towards her entire life.” What has made her feel this way? Do her feelings change by the end of the novel?

8) Again and again, men underestimate Salander because of her size. Why do they make these assumptions? How does she turn this into an advantage?

9) What is the significance of the subplot about Berger’s stalker?

10) If she’s not in love with Miriam, why does Salander go to Paris?

Please send your answers via this link. Thank you!

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