At last the evolution of his evil is revealed.
Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him.
Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.
Lady Murasaki helps Hannibal to heal. With her help he flourishes, becoming the youngest person ever admitted to medical school in France.
But Hannibal's demons visit him and torment him. When he is old enough, he visits them in turn.
He discovers he has gifts beyond the academic, and in that epiphany, Hannibal Lecter becomes death's prodigy.
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By Vic W on 14-12-06
How can a cannibalistic sociopath become such a mesmeric character? The answer is quite simple.
Thomas Harris is a master storyteller.
If you applauded Hannibal's tracking down of his one-time tormentor, Dr Chiltern then this episode of his life is for you.
You will cheer him on page after page.
The plot of this novel was alluded to in 'Hannibal', but that does not detract from this latest episode. Indeed, Harris has a consumate skill in placing questions in each of the Lecter stories which always leave you wanting more. Thankfully he has left room for at least another two 'Hannibals'. The only pity is that he makes us wait so long for each instalment.
This is visceral entertainment of the highest quality and superbly read by the author himself.
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By Conphused on 30-12-06
Left me wanting more
Hannibal Rising catalogue's the development of the nascent sociopath we meet in the author's later books. Harris deftly explores the nature vs. nurture debate in the evolution of such a personality type, hinting at a 'certain coldness' in Hannibal's father and a comment that the Lecters' were 'not quite as other men', but also describing in chilling detail, the traumatic events that were the catalyst that set the young Hannibal upon his murderous path. From the first meeting with Hannibal's family in Lithuania, through the traumatic events of his childhood, and his development into an urbane aesthete and intellectual giant one finds themselves routing for Hannibal all the way. As a consequence, the finale proves highly satisfying. My only negative comments are that the book felt slightly truncated, and has left me yearning for the taste of.......more Hannibal Literature! Great narration by the author himself
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By Abbie on 23-06-14
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I have scene the movie version of this book and it is a good portrayal.
Any additional comments?
I read these books after watching the series Hannibal, i wanted to know more about Will Graham and was sad to find out that he really only appears in one of the series, but other than that i was very happy with this series. At times it is a little slow, but i think i went in with unreasonably high expectations. In all an enjoyable look into the darker side of the human mind.