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The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
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Dec 02, 2011

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Read in December, 2011

I still mulling this one over. I've been running on this Bolano kick for awhile and am starting to get picky about his tendency to leave me hanging. I'm always sure there is something I'm missing. He writes his prose like poetry; all iceberg tips with something big underneath. The gems of his language make it hard to stay mad at him long.

A favorite:
"And I: viva, feeling a sharp pain in my stomach as I thought about the old days and how late it was, that time when night sinks into night, though never all of a sudden, the white-footed Mexico City night, a night that endlessly announces her arrival, I'm coming, I'm coming, but is a long time coming, as if she too, the devil, had stayed behind to watch the sunset, the incomparable sunsets of Mexico, the peacock sunsets, as Cesarea would say when Cesarea lived here and was our friend."
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