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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463555997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463555993
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,828,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The apartheid regime in South Africa twice sent assassins after Andrew McCoy, claiming his novel The Insurrectionist was a ‘blueprint for black revolution’ and a ‘handbook for the ANC’. Like Larsson, André Jute has been a journalist and graphic designer. His novel Reverse Negative led to the exposure of the spy in the Queen’s household, Anthony Blunt. He is an acclaimed expert on the thriller, his Writing a Thriller going into four ever-expanding editions over 25 years.

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Customer Reviews

There will never be another Steig Larson and that makes me very sad.
Catherine Barney
That Stieg Larsson is disgusted by violence done to women the authors tell us he is a "decent" man, "but it doesn't make him a feminist."
Nancy Drew
The author has a good sense of humour and an indepth knowledge of the publishing trade and Larsson's writing and life.
Lee Wright

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By KB on April 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
My first encounter with Andre Jute's work was way back in the 1980s when I was working my way towards writing my first novel, when I read his excellent Writing a Thriller (Writing Handbooks). I devoured any writing book I could find at that time and, to be frank, most were regurgitated pap. Jute's was different. Much like John Braine's book on novel-writing, Jute took a strongly individual approach, but unlike Braine he was more open to variation: rather than "this is the way to do it and if you don't like it, stop reading" of Braine, Jute showed alternative approaches, was open to people doing it their way and, above all, applied a sharp intelligence to the whole process of novel-writing.

In The Larsson Scandal, Jute (with collaborator Andrew McCoy) turns that analytical intelligence to the recent phenomenon of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. The Larsson Scandal is a work of criticism, but more, it's a study of how a collision of circumstance can lead to an entertainment industry happening, with books that sell by the million and high-budget movies to follow. While The Larsson Scandal is worth reading for the criticism alone, for me it was the story of the story that made this book required reading for anyone with an interesting in the publishing industry.

It should be acknowledged that criticism, by its nature, focuses on the negative, and at times this book is bitingly critical. Jute and McCoy do state often that they are fans of Larsson's work, but inevitably they focus on its shortcomings. This shouldn't be off-putting to admirers of Larsson - far better a healthy debate than yet more hagiography.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Alina on December 23, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I'll declare my interests. I received a free review copy of this book from the author Jute through the kindle Discussions boards. Would I shell out 2.99 of hard-earned to read this? Yes, I would.

This book will certainly be of interest to anyone perplexed by the hoopla over the Millenium Trilogy.

Good things about this book:

- it is written in an extremely entertaining and engaging manner (to my mind) and provides much amusement and quite a few chuckles as the author(s) attack *everyone* associated with the Larsson legend.

- it is thought provoking to the degree that I have reread some chapters just to make sure that I have extracted every bit of juice from them.

- its central attack is upon the notion that Larsson should be considered some sort of feminist warrior. The demolition job done on this notion is particularly effective.

- it also evaluates Larsson's books as a contribution to literature and is also particularly effective and amusing in this critique.

- there were 3 words in the text that I had to look up to discover their meaning (e.g. irredentist). This may sound like pretentious tosh but it happens so rarely that I have to look up a word an author has used appropriately that I am agog in admiration. I like obscure words.

Some things people may not like about this book:

- the author(s) are by no means lacking in the confidence of their convictions. Opinions are very strongly expressed here. Some readers may find the writing to be nasty and arrogant. I believe that the author(s) show sufficient consideration of the point-of-view of the individuals they discuss but there is no denying that the attitude of the author(s) is essentially cynical.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Detail Oriented Person on July 29, 2011
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Wow, someone got up on the wrong side of the bed! I like constructive comments, even welcome them. This was plain bitching - over and over and over. They obviously didn't understand several sections or did not read very close, as I believe that several of their comments were actually factually wrong. It seemed to me that the "gist" was to write a scathing book to get in on the money surrounding the books and the "Legacy". Let's see if they can say "Stieg is dead" another twenty times. I will never read another book by these authors - what crap.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bluestocking on April 23, 2011
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Many thanks to André Jute for sending me a review copy of his (and Andrew McCoy's) critique/treatise on the Millennium Trilogy. I found it interesting, absorbing and thought provoking. Undoubtedly there are many like me who raced through the three books, enjoying the action and intending to come back and read the books more thoroughly later. This is because there are long dense passages outlining the political history of modern day Sweden which, while relevant, seem clumsily to interrupt the progress of the story. This is probably part of the reason for Jute and McCoy's critique of the structure of the novels.

This was my first impression of the books, but Jute's detailed exploration of the texts makes one realise there are certain inconsistencies and lacunas in the text. Jute brings out Larsson's self proclaimed feminism, or perhaps his partner's feminism as Larsson died before the books were published and therefore the majority of his supposed views come from his partner and colleagues. Is Salander consciously feminist or is she justifiably `getting even' against those people who harm her. Mind you, I don't necessarily think a woman can be definitively labelled as `not a feminist' just because she gets some fake breasts when she has the means. She might just wish not to be physically infantile any longer. Feminism (in my view) is the right of equality both in the home and the work place but does not mean one has to be deliberately unattractive! Some might say that Larsson's description of the rape is prurient and makes the reader feels like a voyeur. If this aids the cause of feminism I would be surprised.

I'm not sure if I quite agree with the author's analysis of Salander's preparedness to swap sex for goods - the `top of the range`laptop.
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