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Autor(a) de The Silence of the Lambs

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Author Thomas Harris was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1940 to Thomas, an electrical engineer, and Polly, a high school chemistry and biology teacher. He graduated with a B.A. from Baylor University in 1964. He has one child, a daughter, from his first marriage. Harris worked as a general mostrar mais assignment reporter for the Associated Press in New York and covered the crime beat daily. He spent time at the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit in Quantico and has interviewed serial killer Ted Bundy in researching for his novels. Harris's first novel, "Black Sunday" (1975), was a collaborative effort with fellow reporters Sam Maul and Dick Riley. While working the evening shift for the AP, they came up with the idea of using the Goodyear Blimp as the vehicle for a terrorist attack at the Super Bowl. The next novel, "Red Dragon" (1981), tells the story of the FBI's search for a murderer and introduces the infamous character Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter. The 1986 movie version of this novel was titled Manhunter. Next came, what many considered to be a masterpiece of suspense, "The Silence of the Lambs" (1988) and brings back the psychopathic killer Hannibal Lecter in an intense exploration of evil. The film version became the third movie in history to claim the top five Academy Awards, which were Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Screenplay (Ted Tally), Best Director (Jonathan Demme) and Best Picture. The sequel, "Hannibal," was published in 1999 and it was also made into a movie. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


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Manhunter [1986 film] (1986) — Original book — 125 cópias
Hannibal: The Complete First Season (2013) — Autor, algumas edições64 cópias
Black Sunday [1977 film] (1976) — Original book — 29 cópias


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Years ago I saw the film version of the novel. It starred Robert Shaw, who was brilliant, and the movie itself was entertaining but not great. The book failed to interest me. I took days to read it simply because I kept putting it down - doing anything else was more fun than reading this. I know Thomas Harris is the author of the Hannibal Lecter series of books; I don't have plans to read them because of their content (would upset me), but I do hope they're better than this limp story.

One thing I will say in the book's favour - the author had a really broad vocabulary, and I was always pausing and looking up new words. The word for the basket that hangs under blimps and under hot air balloons is called a nacelle, that's one I learned! And the fedayeen are Arab guerillas operating in Israel and Palestine against Israeli government/forces. Even in a uninspiring novel there are things to be learned!
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ahef1963 | outras 29 resenhas | May 8, 2024 |
Oh boy, is this an epitome of involuntary humour. Or maybe voluntary, as I read that Harris was stalked by his publisher into writing a sequel to The Silence of the Lambs. I interpret the total, DouglasAdamesque, flamboyant unbelievability of story and characters as a form of cunning yet harmless vengeance.
Proofs that the guy was taking the piss, when he wrote this thing:

The Sardinian killers WITH A SAUSAGE IN THE RIBBON OF THEIR HATS. Of course, every Sardinian walks about his business with a hat, and a sausage stuck in it.

The Florence inspector who goes to the opera on a regular basis, has a super-pussy, ambitious wife, and is a descendant of the Pazzi family. Beware, not because that individual character has these out-of-the-norm traits for some reason. He just happens to be, you know, Italian from Florence. They all go the opera, have gorgeous wives and descends from ancient families. Moreover if they are (mwahahahaaaahah) policemen. Seriously, whatever.

The whole story of (SPOILER!!!) Clarice's kidnapping and romantic dinner. I actually appreciated. At the time, I would have sold my mother to eat my boss's brain sliced and sautéed.

Now, it's been a decade since I read this thing. This mean that these pearls are all I remember, but there is more, way more, to it. Together with Giorgio Faletti's masterpiece of (seriously) involuntary humour, Io Uccido, this novel introduced me to the guilty pleasures of horrible, fascinating purple prose and out-of-the-world characterisation.
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Elanna76 | outras 85 resenhas | May 2, 2024 |
#619 in our old book database. Not rated.
villemezbrown | outras 139 resenhas | Apr 19, 2024 |
I've read this book more times than I can count and it still manages to give me nightmares.
thatnerd | outras 139 resenhas | Mar 2, 2024 |


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