Saturday, August 27, 2011

Red Dragon

Book cover - Red DragonAuthor: Thomas Harris
Title: Red Dragon
Series: Hannibal Lector (Book #1)

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My rating: 3 stars out of 5.
My reading duration: July 15th – 26th, 2011

Red Dragon, prequel to The Silence of the Lambs, was made into a film starring Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Edward Norton as Will Graham and Ralph Fiennes as Francis Dolarhyde, which I watched and loved. The story follows Will Graham, a famous and renowned detective, who caught Hannibal Lecter. But this time, he has to catch a series killer, Francis Dolarhyde who studies his victims from home videos they made and kills them in a fashion he intends. Obsessed with the painting The Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun by William Blake and believing that it’s alive and living inside him, making him an ultimate being and eventually making him to commit crimes.

The whole book itself was bouncing between characters and the reader can know what exactly the characters thinking and wanting. Although the way to get into Francis’s head was really explanatory and informative, you will never get into Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s head, which is a kill. Smart as Will Graham is, he needs Dr. Lecter’s intelligence to catch Francis, but he won’t give his service for free. It isn’t as gory and bloody as its sequel, which might be the reason why it was made into a film. In the end, it was a physical and more emotional conflict between three psychopaths, Lecter, Dolarhyde and Graham. You will love it.