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Where else can grandma and the kids see The Silence of the Lambs?

on August 29, 2010

Yay!  A book post!  I’m hoping these will encourage me to read on a more regular basis.

Title: The Silence of the Lambs
Author: Thomas Harris
Pages: 1-81

I bought this book from a Goodwill because I had seen (and bought) the movies.  Ever since the first time I saw The Silence of the Lambs which was probably about five years ago, I have been intrigued by the character of Hannibal Lector.  The fact that he eats people makes it easy to write him off as the villain.  However, his character is not so simple.  Lector is a meticulous person.  He gives people the impression they can trust him.  He gets to know all about the character, both from their trust in him, and from a seemingly extrasensory source.   Everything he does is deliberate, which is why he can eat people and his heart rate never rises above its resting point.

I am often skeptical of books turned movie; I expect the movie to be a somewhat of a disappointment.  Because the book comes first, I always try to read it (I learned with The Outsiders that sometimes the movie leaves out details explained in the book).  Having seen the movie (of The Silence of the Lambs) first, I was a bit concerned about reading the book.

81 pages into the book, I have to say I’m not disappointed.  So far the movie has done a good job of following the book.

Harris does a good job of sneaking in details so you receive a thorough image of all the characters and Clarice’s feelings/interpretations of them, while not slowing down the pace of the book.  From the beginning, Lector is portrayed as a meticulous human being, and he shows very quickly that he can be trustworthy, but only when he wants to be.

One response to “Where else can grandma and the kids see The Silence of the Lambs?

  1. moviegeek says:

    The silence of the Lambs is a modern classic!
    And today the film is 20 years old!
    check out my review when you can:

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