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Let the Right One in (original 2004; edition 2007)

by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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Title:Let the Right One in
Authors:John Ajvide Lindqvist
Info:Quercus Publishing Plc (2007), Hardcover, 528 pages
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Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (2004)


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"Let the Right One In" seems to have come out at about the same time that Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" series was in the process of taking over the entire planet, but while it, too, puts vampires in a modern setting, it's important, I think, to highlight the differences between the two books. First of all, it's not a classic, but it's not, you know, Twilight. And while the book's basic premise might not have been revolutionary by the time the mid-aughts rolled around, it adds some interesting -- and quite frankly, daring -- twists to he usual gory bloodsucking procedures. It provides some interesting medical musings about the condition -- if that's what it is -- of vampirism. Lindqvist takes great care to describe the physiological changes that take place when a normal human being becomes a vampire, and much of the book is set in antiseptic hospital waiting rooms as doctors try to figure out just what they've got on their hands. More interestingly still, while vampires have always been portrayed as seductive, "Let the Right One In" takes this trope into some seriously dark and disturbing territory that I can't even hint at on a family book-cataloguing site. That alone means that this one may not be for everyone.

Lindqvist, quite honestly, doesn't really come off as a literary star in this translation: the book's prose isn't elegant, and it sometimes feels about twice as long as it should be. But he seems genuinely interested in the question of evil: Oskar, the boy at the center of the tale, is the victim of bullies, but that doesn't mean he's exactly an innocent. Neither, quite frankly, are the shiftless half-drunks that populate many of this novel's other pages. The author always leaves the question of Oskar complicity with evil open in regards to his relationship with the book's vampire protagonist. He doesn't drain people's blood to survive, but it's made pretty clear that his anger at being the target of bullying make this possibility at least sort of palatable to him. This probably isn't an accident Though the novel set in eminently civilized early-eighties Sweden, which features Walkmans, Rubik's cubes, and awful hair metal bands, there's a persistent "return of the repressed" theme running through the book. "Twilight" may have put vampires in rural Washington state, but "Let the Right One In" puts the smack dab in the middle of the best-running, best-planned, and most boring societies the world has ever seen. But there's danger about: sadistic bullies and bloodthirsty vampires roam the suburbs of Stockholm. It's an interesting juxtaposition, to say the least. It may keep many readers going right up to the book's last pages. ( )
  TheAmpersand | Jul 12, 2017 |
A great read for me. Difficult to put down. I attribute that to the short chapters, relentless pace, and continuously shifting viewpoints. This is head-hopping done right. Lindqvist uses 3rd-person omniscient to jump from one character to another spinning a yarn that is both horrific and compelling. Much, much more than a typical vampire story, this book delves deeply into the human condition on multiple levels.

I have watched both versions of the film in the past and there are a few significant differences between the book and the movie but all the major elements - in characters and events - are there in both media.

Highly recommend both the book and film, (but I suggest not bothering with the American remake of the film - it's not nearly as good as the original Swedish version). ( )
  ScoLgo | Feb 23, 2017 |
Incredibly eerie and genuinely unsettling to read in some places, this harrowing tale about a bullied young boy and a youthful-seeming vampire is all manner of uncomfortable. The bit with the acid makes me feel sick every time I read it. ( )
  Arianwen16 | Jan 4, 2017 |
I forgot to mark this as read on GR because I haven't been in the site for a while, but I remember this book being just as dark and dreary as the movie was. The movie was apparently a very faithful adaptation. The Swedish version anyway, I haven't seen the English remake. Nice, dark vampire story with a vague ending. Classic. ( )
  GoldenDarter | Sep 15, 2016 |
A dark, gripping tale in the pitch black of winter in Stockholm, where suburbia meets gothic horror. Oscar, a young boy and victim of bullying, meets a friend in the new neighbour-girl Eli. Though strange, she is charismatic and together they form an unusual yet intense relationship. A gripping tale of young friendship, love and learning to grow stronger with the help of another. ( )
  Patrik_Axelsson | Sep 13, 2016 |
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If you have time over, read this book. I will however not recommend that you sell your granny to be able to afford it, unless you really dislike your granny, of course.
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It makes you think of coconut-frosted cookies, maybe drugs. 'A respectable life.' You think subway station, suburb. Probably nothing else comes to mind. People must live there, just like they do in other places. That was why it was built, after all, so that people would have somewhere to live.

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Let the Right One In Takes Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival!

It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last---revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door---a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night. . . .

Sweeping top honors at film festivals all over the globe, director Tomas Alfredsson’s film of Let the Right One In has received the same kind of spectacular raves that have been lavished on the book. American readers of vampire fiction will be thrilled!

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Twelve-year-old Oskar is obsessed by the murder that's taken place in his neighborhood. Then he meets the new girl from next door. She's a bit weird, though. And she only comes out at night--Publisher's description.

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