Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris

Hannibal Rising

Why did Dr. Hannibal Lecter become the way he was? Why did an intelligent man almost a genius become a Cannibal? The answer lies in his beginning. What would make an intelligent eight year old boy a brutal murderer and man-eater? Well, this is the story of Hannibal Rising. As a standalone this story is not much. But seen as a backdrop for the other three books, Red Dragon. Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, this book provides the reasons and answers the why. Since it is not a big secret and the story begins with it, I would give away the reason too. Its the war. The war made him what he was. This is how war affects our lives, young innocent boy genius becomes a cannibal. Blame it on the war. Of course, there is the question, did all affected by war become the way Hannibal has become? The answer is until you are there you do not know how this could affect. A very interesting read with the trademark violence and blood. If you had not read the other three, this may not be the book for you. If you have read the other three books or seen the movie this may be the book for you. But is it essential to know the why? Sometimes, isn't it bettter to keep the mystery covered.

PS: I haven't seen the movie. But would like to catch it.

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