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The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolaño
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Aug 01, 2011

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Read from July 23 to August 01, 2012

First sentence: "The first time I saw him, it was in the Calle Bucareli, in Mexico City, that is, back in the vague shifty territory of our adolescence, the province of hardened poets, on a night of heavy fog, which slowed the traffic and prompted conversation about that odd phenomenon, so rare in Mexico City at night, at least as far as I can remember."

This book was well -- even exquisitely -- written. The settings and scenes were crisp and and I felt that each of the three narrators of the story had a distinctive voice. However, the plot didn't match the quality of the writing and considering that several of Bolano's other books are massive 500+ page doorstops, I probably won't be reading another of his books for a while. Definitely a case of style over substance, in my opinion.

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