Monday, June 28, 2010

Checking out Pippi Longstocking from the Madison Public Library for the child in the family -- me

Checking Out Pippi Longstocking from the Madison Public Library
I became interested in Astrid Lindgren's children's classic, which I had never read, after reading the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's powerful Millennium trilogy, because Larsson began by asking himself what Pippi Longstocking would be like if she grew up in today's world. (Short answer: She'd be locked up.) The long answer is a dark moral fable of amazing power. Lizbeth Salander is the most vividly imagined and engaging heroine the best seller list has seen in a long time. The trilogy is a mystery series that transcends mere genre. And it's impossible to put down.

Dropping Out for a Week to Read the 1,500-page Millenium TrilogyIt all goes back to Father's Day. I had asked for Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Instead, I received the entire Millennium trilogy -- thanks, M and T!

I started reading Sunday night and finished the first volume Monday night. I thought of taking a break Tuesday, but it didn't last long. I just couldn't stop. I read in the study, I read in the living room, I read while waiting in the car -- and I read in the park. By Friday night I was almost finished. I just left a few pages to finish Saturday.

In less than a week, I read 1,533 pages. Apparently the cognitive decline I thought I had suffered from spending too much time online was not as bad as I thought it was. I'm still reeling. More soon, when I've had a chance to digest it all.


miriam said...

Wow. Thanks for linking Pippi and the trilogy. I have avoided it out of fear of too much violence, but I love this idea of what if Pippi grew up?

George H. said...

Pippi and the trilogy are a good fit, I agree. I read the books when they first came out in Norwegian and I recall telling my reading friends here that they have something to look forward to. I had the same reading experience as you, couldn't put them down.

Prentice Berge said...

My Daughter Pippi is 7 (8 in October), and is half Norwegian American and half Chinese/Taiwanese. She's very strong, and a great friend to all! She lives on the near east side. She reads the Lindgren books over and over, all while lifting horses over her head (ok, I made that last part up).

So, Pippi is alive and well today, and living in Madison, too!