Coffee and cigarettes.


Just finished reading author Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium seriesThe Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest– as well as watching the Swedish movies.

I don’t know much about Sweden, life there or its politics –three things that drew me into the fictional story of Lisbeth Salander. Appreciating Lisbeth as a character kept me reading.

I think actor Daniel Craig makes a fine Mikael Blomkvist for the 2011 movie re-make.

But right now, what I really want is a cup of coffee and a cigarette.

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2 thoughts on “Coffee and cigarettes.

  1. Hi Janet,

    Haven’t read the books but I live with a full blood Swede who was born in America. One thing’s for sure they are very proud of their heritage even though I think their food is weird. But they are known to be an innovative and gentle people. I heard the author of these books was trying to dispel some myths about his homeland and reveal a dark underbelly to Sweden which often goes overlooked. Since he died too soon we’re left to wonder. His life’s story is the one I’d like someone to chronicle. His dedication to writing is probably what prematurely took him from us. So glad his work finds a broad audience today for what he sacrificed to make that happen.

    Your friend,

    Linda

  2. Janet says:

    Hi Linda!

    Consider reading the books! They’re a fast and interesting read.

    I hear that Larsson witnessed a brutal assault on a girl when he was young – and that girl’s name is “Lisbeth,” the name of “The Girl” in the series. You can find lots of material about Stieg Larsson online. This link will bring you to news about his books that was posted just this morning:
    http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2011/0329/Stieg-Larsson-shared-details-on-his-fourth-Dragon-Tattoo-novel

    He died of a heart attack – which was indeed waiting to happen apparently; with all that smoking going on!

    I’ve been seeing lots of TV shows about Stockholm (Jamie Oliver’s Food Escapes, Rick Steves travel show) – and it looks like a beautiful city, built on islands everywhere. It’s the first time I’ve felt compelled to visit that area of the world.

    Hope you’re well, my friend!
    Janet

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