Monday, June 4, 2012

A Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs - NO! Not the Movie Review of the Oscar-Winning Movie of the same title released in 1991, but the review of the book that was written in 1988 by Thomas Harris and on which the widely famous, Academy-awarded movie which has achieved a cult status, is based.

A FBI trainee.

A psychopath locked for unspeakable crimes.

And a serial killer who is always in search of his latest victim.

"A census taker once tried to test me. I are his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti" 
                                                                                                         - Hannibal Lecter

A FBI rookie, Clarice Starling is assigned to a case by her mentor Jack Crawford, a case involving ruthless serial killings. The killer, only known as "Buffalo Bill", has a purpose behind the killings, but no one can fathom why. This is where Dr. Lecter's expertise is required. Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist with a grisly history is now a high security prisoner in a mental institution. What price must Clarice pay for Lecter's insights into the case? His entry into the darkest chambers of her mind confronting her own demons and her lambs screaming. They develop a strange relationship where he offers her cryptic clues in return for information of her unhappy childhood.

Published in 1988, this book has won the Bram Stoker Award and is without doubt, one of the best in the genre of thriller fiction. The 1991 movie based on the book, starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins has won five prestigious Academy Awards. The novel is fast paced and gripping, and at times, utterly gruesome, but with no unnecessary drama. The storyline is smooth, brilliantly constructed and so coolly narrated that you actually feel amazed at the fact that it a horror novel that you are reading!

Nevertheless, Silence of the Lambs holds in itself the full capacity to haunt you for days after you ahve read it. The clock is ticking! And before you know it, you are sitting at the edge of your chair, hoping to stop the next victim from been skinned by the terrifying "Buffalo Bill"

Awesome, is the one word you will say when you are done with the book. It is a mind-blowing fiction thriller. So go ahead, grab a copy, sit with a cuppa hot chocolate and savour the brilliance of this novel!

Movie Poster by the same name

Contributed by Mehak Priya