Let the Right One in

Let the Right One in

Paperback - 2007
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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.
Published: New York : St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books, c2007.
ISBN: 9780312355296
0312355297
Branch Call Number: F AJV
Characteristics: 472 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Segerberg, Ebba
Alternative Title: Let me in

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hollymassie
Oct 05, 2016

I read the book prior to seeing the Swedish film. The book is so much better, deeper, darker..
READ IT!

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dresdnhope
Nov 28, 2012

More disturbing than either of the movie versions, as it delves deeper into aspects of pedophilia, which is only hinted at in the films.

Incinerated_Newt Apr 02, 2012

Not a bad story - it's actually pretty intriguing, if very dark. It is, however, HUGE. There is so much going on in this book that it might take a minute or two to remember who everyone is. It also doesn't move very fast, so make sure you've settled in somewhere comfortable to read.

Maybea Feb 08, 2012

I saw the movie so was intrigued to read this book. It is very different from the film! I realize how much of the intense violence and horror was removed from the book to create the film. The result is a beautiful and subtle film which takes some of the best elements from the book and illuminates them. Though the book was amazing and gripping, I am glad a direct translation to film was not done. It would have been too garrish, too painful, to be forced into a real visual of some of the scenes. I really do recommend reading this book, especially if you have seen the film. Same story but completely different experience.

crankylibrarian Sep 30, 2011

I saw the movie recently, which perfectly captures the chilly isolation and alienation of the book. It left out a few things though; the murders are more numerous and a bit more grisly than on screen, and the characters more complex. Even the bullies who torment Oskar have more facets to them than the one dimensional villains in the film.

This makes for provocative social commentary on modern day (actual early 80s) Scandinavian life. The novel is really a story of 5 extremely dysfunctional family groups, and alcoholism plays a major role in almost all of them. (Significantly, the vampire "family" is the only one without a drunk or two).

Lacke, the well-meaning but befuddled friend of two vampire victims muses, "This is Sweden. Carry out a chair and put it on the sidewalk. Sit there in that chair and wait. If you wait long enough someone will come out and give you money". If you wanted a biting, Republican critique of the welfare state, you couldn't do better. Is Lindqvist suggesting that vampires are not the _only_ parasites draining the nation's lifeblood? Hmmm.

CHRIS SCHROEDER Aug 09, 2011

finally, an honest to goodness vampire... Eli is the real thing! I like the way that the evil part of her is uncontrolable for the most part, but she is still human enough to fight her instincts and even to love... the movie (American version) leaves out at least half of the story and more than that in the gruesomeness category!

Northbrook_Eric Feb 09, 2011

Much better written than Ajvide Lindqvist's second book, Handling the Undead.

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kalio
Feb 12, 2010

Republished as Let the Right One in after an internationally successful movie adaptation of the same name, the originally titled Let Me In is Scandinavia?s contribution to the vampire fad that is sweeping the globe?and for good reason. Vampires are creepy and fantastic, and when the setting is a lonesome snow-covered suburb in Sweden, the moody intensity just grows and grows. Oskar is a twelve-year-old boy who is constantly bullied and beaten at school. With no friends to turn to, Oskar?s outlets are daydreaming, shoplifting, and keeping a scrapbook of gruesome crimes clipped from the newspapers. Then he meets Eli, a girl about his age who moves into the apartment next door. Eli only comes out at night and smells a bit funny, but Oskar is desperate for companionship and Eli?s quirks suit his own oddness. Meanwhile, a series of brutal deaths begin to plague the area?bodies are drained of blood. It doesn?t take long to discover that Eli is a vampire stuck in a permanent childhood, a deadly little creature who is both desperate to survive and genuinely fond of Oskar. Their sweet, awkward relationship is a splendidly creepy contrast to the blood and gore of the murders. Author John Ajvide Lindqvist adds some original twists to an occasionally predictable story that is part crime novel, part horror story, part paranormal crush. The dark, atmospheric quiet of the film is an excellent companion to the novel and will allow you to be delightfully creeped out on both page and screen.

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CHRIS SCHROEDER Aug 09, 2011

"I can do it, Oskar. That...is something I can do."
Eli to Oskar, assuring him that if he needs help defending himself she is more than capable of doing so...

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