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About the Author
John Ajvide Lindqvist is a Swedish author who grew up in Blackeberg, the setting for Let the Right One In. Wanting to become something awful and fantastic, he first became a conjurer, and then was a stand-up comedian for twelve years. He has also written for Swedish television.
Let the Right One In was a bestseller in Sweden and was named Best Novel in Translation 2005 in Norway. Having written what is clearly a classic in the making, Lindqvist has burst upon the scene an instant star. Let the Right One In is his first novel.
- File size : 2198 KB
- Publication date : October 28, 2008
- Print length : 480 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (October 28, 2008)
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- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B00I1W23IG
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #221,835 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There were a few flashes of brilliance - Tommy in the basement, for one - but they didn't make up for the other problems with the narrative. Eli, the most interesting character, seems to get very little narrative focus. Oskar comes out ahead as the main character, and I didn't care about him at all. The bullying subplot was upsetting, but Oskar's budding psychopathy kept me from feeling too much for him.
All in all, I guess I can see why some people liked this so much, but I really didn't. Major disappointment after all the glowing reviews and hype.
2 stars. Wouldn't read it again if you paid me.
"Why can’t I be allowed to live? Because you should be dead."
This is so much more than a vampire story. Even in the world of vampire novels this one is head and shoulders above any other modern-day interpretations.
I've read so many reviewers express the heartbreak they felt over Oskar, and while that is a given, it is little Eli that captured my heart and then crushed it. Although the glimpses we were allowed were horrifying beyond compare, I really wish the author would have allowed the readers an even broader view of Eli's backstory. Actually, I would love to read a prequel novel on Eli's life and death prior to our meeting her on the playground with Oskar. And that alone is my only criticism of this beautifully tragic book, although I would hardly describe wanting more as a criticism.
I am a super fan of the movies based on this book, both of them doing a splendid job at reducing this story into the time allotted without completely destroying it's complexion. But, as with all page-to-screen endeavors, the magic is in the details, more so in this story than most. So, if you've seen the movies and thus feel as though there's really no reason to dive into the book at this point, you couldn't be more wrong.
Like the movie(s)? Read the book. It's better.
I mean, really... Isn't the book ALWAYS better? I'm sure it's happened, but I can't think of a single example of the movie being better. Heck, I can only think of ONE time (Fight Club) where the movie was "as good as the book," and in that case, it was virtually a line-by-line transfer, with David Fincher directing, & extremely well-done special effects, and like... I think TWO lines of dialog changed.
The TL;DR on that is:
Yeah, book's better. Shocker.
I cannot possibly rave enough about this novel.
Positively loved both movie versions, (the original is better and darker, however the American remake is quite well done plus, I don't speak Swedish. Lol) but I hadn't ever read the novel until very recently.
It was AMAZING. The real human depth of the characters, (the good, bad, and ambiguous) the gritty setting of the scenes, the immersive quality of the inner-mind workings of Oskar and Eli(as) is utterly peerless, IMHO.
I am planning to read Lindqvist's next book (and any others) as soon as I finish a couple/few more recent purchases.
It was THAT GOOD.
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But the ending? Wasn't it a little vague? Oskar sitting alone in a train compartment in charge of a large travelling trunk, having his ticket punched by the conductor. Leaving the "ever after" to your imagination.
Not good enough for many readers who contacted Lindqvist asking for a sequel. And got one, just a few pages, buried in a book of short stories.
Of course the police investigated Oskar's disappearance. The last person to have seen him turned out to have been the train conductor, so at first he came under suspicion. His story was that at the train terminus he saw not one but two children, a boy and a girl, sitting on a large box in the near-darkness of the far end of the station carpark, slicing each others' hands with a knife.
Exuding such an air of menace that he dared not approach them.
Many years later, in the late 1990s, a picture crosses the desk of a Swedish police officer. It has been forwarded by Spanish police and the date on the back shows that it has been recently taken. It apparently shows Oskar, unchanged from 1982, moving very quickly, about to leap onto the back of a person who is side-on to him.
"Let the Right One In" is a must-read for all devotees of the genre. And all those who have ever been bullied.