Hannibal Book Report

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A Book Review On The Novel "Hannibal" by Thomas Harris TASK: Write Arguments For & Against Reading This Book "Hannibal" is the sequel of the best-seller "The Silence of The Lambs". The plot starts seven years after Dr. Hannibal Lecter helped the FBI agent, Clarice Starling, catch the well-known serial killer "Buffalo Bill" (In the previous book). Lecter has since been living as a free man, after his escape from imprisonment. The plot tells us about Mason Verger, Dr. Lecter's 6th victim (and the only survivor), who has spent years planning his revenge on the doctor by having him be bitten by a bunch of pigs. Verger must catch him before the FBI, led by Clarice Starling, do.

There are many opinions about the measure of the book, some of which claim that it is a brilliant novel, yet others say that it is a horror book more than a thriller.

On one hand, many readers claim that the book has much to offer. Hannibal "the Cannibal" is one of the most interesting characters in recent fiction, and this book gives us a delicious look into his life. Readers are given a tour of Dr. Lecter's mind and a glimpse into his childhood. The novel shows how a man can be psycho but human at the same time. Not only is this book well reviewed, but it is a best-seller all over the world.

On the other hand, Many have complained that the novel is unnecessarily graphic and it is more like a horror novel than a thriller. They say that Mason Verger's appearance shows us of how frightening the novel is. As aforesaid, Verger is Hannibal's 6th victim. Hannibal gave him powerful drugs and then told him to cut off his own face with glass. Verger's description seven years after this event is given ruthlessly, his smile is described as a lipless smile, his face are horribly mangled and most of his body is paralyzed. The man is simply too disgusting to be believable.

For conclusion, There's a controversy surrounding the issue of the book's measure. In my opinion, the book is readable inspite of the unnecessary details, though it is not recommended to pregnant women or people with weak heart!