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Dissecting Hannibal Lecter: Essays on the Novels of Thomas Harris Paperback – Jan 8 2008
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Daniel O'Brien is a film critic and journalist, and has written several acclaimed biographies, including "Clint Eastwood" and" Paul Newman," He is also a regular contributor to "Film Review Annual,"
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The forward, preface, introduction and afterward all played their parts in brief summaries, bringing up some more generalized facts to the forefront. The collection of essays are as follows (with a brief definition of the topic conveniently provided, the stars indicate my favorites):
- American Gothic: Liminality and the Gothic in the Hannibal Lecter Novels
- * Hannibal at the Lectern: A Textual Analysis of Dr. Hannibal Lecter's Character and Motivations in Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs
- Gothic Romance and Killer Couples in Black Sunday and Hannibal
- The Butterfly and the Beast: The Imprisoned Soul in the Lecter Trilogy
- This is the Blind Leading the Blind: Noir, Horror and Reality in Red Dragon
- From Red Dragon to Manhunter
- Suspense vs Horror: The Case of Thomas Harris
- * Transmogrified Gothic: The Novels of Thomas Harris
- Hannibal Rising: Look Back in Anger
- * Before Her Lambs Were Silent: Reading Gender and the Feminine in Red Dragon
- Black Sunday, Black September: Thomas Harris's Thriller, from Novel to Film
- *Morbidity of the Soul: An Appreciation of Hannibal
I would invite anyone who had disagreements or found disappointment in Hannibal to read "Gothic Romance and Killer Couples..." and "Morbidity of the Soul" first and foremost. It's so adequately illustrates what so many readers did miss. There were some more difficult reads than others, and admittedly I did get weary reading so much about Red Dragon (though that may be because I was never a huge fan of Will Graham). There are some typos here or there that irritated me and even a handful of incorrect summaries in some essays (I nearly threw the book when the "Transmogrified Gothic" essay stated Clarice and Noble indeed shared the same bed together at the end of Silence - that was left entirely to interpretation!)
Regardless of a few flaws here or there in the essays, each one certainly brings to light about the brilliance of Harris's work and has certainly given me a better appreciation for the masterpieces that I just recently read.
to finally see what a fantastic collection of work this
is, and being in the company of some real heavyweights like S. T.
Joshi, Tony Magistrale and Professor Robert Waugh of SUNY New Paltz, who ALWAYS delivers a thought-provoking piece and does not disappoint here, and I believe our editor Ben Szumskyj has put together
a truly groundbreaking book on a critically-neglected
(but no less important) author. I think this book will have fans
of the Harris novels and films based upon them going back to the sources to discover things they might've missed the first few times,
and I believe the book will prove thought-provoking and
fascinating to even the most casual Harris reader. I believe it's a pity
that the independent and specialty bookstore is an endangered species in these Internet times, and I wish there were more brick and mortar
stores that would stock this book, but I guess I should be
content that it's available all over the world online and
I hope and pray that the real Thomas Harris fans will find
this book somehow, and get something out of it. Time was one
could venture into NYC and buy a book like this at the once-great
bookstore Forbidden Planet (now a total comic book joke), but those times have long since gone. I didn't write this review to promote my own work, I wrote it to get the word out to the fans of Harris's novels
(and of course, the films based on his work) that finally,
there's a volume of critical essays out worth reading.
Even as a reader I can't recommend this book highly enough,
and I truly hope it finds the audience it so richly deserves
(and here I'm talking about the other contributors' works!)
online and off. I wasn't even going to review a book I had a hand
in writing, but I feel in this case I must make an exception:
I can't recommend it any more highly, if you're a Thomas
Harris fan at all, I think you'll enjoy this book immensely.
If you don't, I'll be glad to buy you a nice Chianti for your
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