Jul 6, 2012

The Silence Of The Lambs



Book Review: The Silence Of The Lambs

Authored By:  Thomas Harris


This is a book that you will remember for a long time in your life, or may be for your entire life. Let me tell you that it would not be for the author’s writing style, or characters or the story line up but for the reason that this title stands for in the story. Whenever your contemplative mind will look back to this book, it would help you fight fears of your life.


The story starts with our mind boggling and a shrewd character Jack Crawford, an FBI detective gripped in solving the serial murder case from the criminal Buffalo Bill. Clarice Starling, a dedicated and a sincere trainee joins Jack Crawford, and there starts this intuitive, inquisitive and interesting search for this brutish killer. Crawford assigned her to dig out the information from Dr Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist and a heartless killer locked up in jail, to reach to the criminal Buffalo Bill.

This is the second one from the series of Thomas Harris books, for the character Dr Hannibal Lecter. The way in which the case was approached and solved made it unique from the contemporary thrillers. However, author’s writing style made it a bit slow in the middle, but the interactions of Dr Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling were the ones that gripped me till the end. Dr Lecter, while aiding her to solve the case also aided her to fight with her own childhood fears that had gripped her mind. Author has actually used his main character Dr Lecter very beautifully, that you can very easily relate to his logical and perceptive conclusions on anything and everything. This book is more about logically solving the case unlike the Dog-Cat-Chase game.

On the whole, it is a very good and a unique book. Even the movie made on this book in 1991 with the same name, directed by Jonathan Demme won Oscar awards in five categories. So grab it and gulp it…….AAAAAh one thing, if you will read first of the Lecter’s series, “The Red Dragon” before this one, you will enjoy it more.

I am on my way to read the third one of this series “Hannibal”.

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