The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs

Book - 1988
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A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname-Buffalo Bill-is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter-Hannibal the Cannibal-who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
Dr. Lecter is a former psychiatrist with a grisly history, unusual tastes, and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of "The Silence of the Lambs-"and ingenious, masterfully written book and an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c1988.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312022822
0312022824
Branch Call Number: FICTION Harris Thomas 1988
Characteristics: 338 p. ;,24 cm.

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mintyhoof
Nov 17, 2017

Not as good as Red Dragon, Buffalo Bill isn't a believable character. Found myself rooting for Buffalo Belle to finish her girl suit. Buffalo Bill's backstory is poorly developed, not believable, I wasn't motivated to dislike him and the character's "scary value" relied solely on "scary crossdresser". Only read for Hannibal Lecter, the end was boring, contrive and unfulfilling except for Hannibal's part

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seeker472
Mar 24, 2017

Scariest book about a killer I ever read. Thomas Harris wrote a classic.

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alicat1
Jan 15, 2017

Harris is an amazing writer! This book will be remembered as one of the greatest thrillers ever created! It is hard to get Hannibal Lector out of your mind once you "meet" him.

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sherlocksmoothie
Jun 23, 2016

After watching the movie I had quite high expectations for this book. I found the writing itself a little disappointing, but the overall storyline was excellent, as I knew it would be.

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Dtrasler
Mar 21, 2015

It's really weird, reading this book again, so long after the movie has become a classic. It's hard to separate the film performances from the characters in the book, and little things leap out at you - Clarice has no cell phone. It seems insane now, but you have people searching for a murderer, a serial killer, and they're having to ask to borrow people's landlines to call in.
For all that, it's still a tense thriller, and one of the few books to actually make me jump - it's a moment they recreated accurately in the movie, with agents poised to break in the door, the killer pacing, unsure whether to answer the bell or not, and Clarice, supposedly miles away, calling in on a witness.... Brilliant stuff. I'll go back and read "Red Dragon" soon, but I'll skip the later books. Once the film came out, things went a little wobbly.

athompson10 Feb 04, 2015

Saw the movie ages ago but wanted more of the back story. Excellent thriller, well paced; much of the gore is left to the reader's imagination which makes the book creepier.

JasonAT Dec 17, 2014

THE BEST Crime Thriller Book ever written.

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palaminopony
Nov 23, 2014

“The Silence of the Lambs” follows Clarice Starling, a student at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Starling’s mentor, a man named Chilton, assigns her to work on a case involving Buffalo Bill, an active serial killer who skins his victims. As she tries to solve the case, Starling receives unexpected aid from Hannibal (the Cannibal) Lecter, who has been locked in an asylum after the events of “Red Dragon”, the first novel in the ‘Hannibal’ series. As the novel progresses, Buffalo Bill kidnaps a new victim, and with the victim’s clock ticking downwards, Starling rushes to solve the case, just as Hannibal makes a daring escape from the asylum he was held at.

This novel is the second in Thomas Harris’s ‘Hannibal’ Series. It was made into a feature film in 1991. Overall, “The Silence of the Lambs” is a thrilling read. The characters are unique and likeable (with the exception of the serial killers, of course), and readers will find that their hearts go out to Clarice Starling. The settings are believable, and the plot is well-thought out and interesting. “The Silence of the Lambs” is a suspenseful horror novel that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

The author of this review believes “The Silence of the Lambs” to be suitable for ages fourteen and up, due to mature content (it is a very gruesome novel). The author of this review also highly recommends this novel, as it can be used as both an ‘essay novel’ and as a pleasure read. “The Silence of the Lambs” has a lot of symbolism in it, making it a suitable book for those who need to write an essay or ‘book talk’.

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kwehner1987
Nov 14, 2013

This book isn't bad, but the movie is definitely better! The book is not as creepy as the movie and the characters are not as fleshed out as I expected them to be, especially Hannibal Lecter.

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SpasticGod
Mar 08, 2016

The quote from Dec 10, 2015 is from the film, not the book.
The quote from the book goes "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a big Amarone."
Liver is an oily meat and would not pair well with a chianti. Lecter would have known this. The film dumbed it down.

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Salemfalls
Dec 24, 2008

A census taker tried to test me once, so I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.-- Hanibal Lecter

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icerider
Jun 30, 2008

Violence: Contains some killing scenes and disturbing description of corpses.

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