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2666 by Roberto Bolaño
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May 29, 2009

bookshelves: to-read

Anybody who has discovered an obscure author and delighted (and suffered) in the compulsion to track down his or her oeuvre will be moved towards...towards nostlagia for the days prior to the Internet when fate, not search engines, yielded the fruits by which a further inquiry, a deeper delving, could be achieved. And when the circle of acquaintances who shared your knowledge was limited to a handful. Not thousands at a...certain website.
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Roberto Bolaño
“So everything lets us down, including curiosity and honesty and what we love best. Yes, said the voice, but cheer up, it's fun in the end.”
Roberto Bolaño, 2666

Reading Progress

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R. I'm still on part 2. I'm kind of flighty right now and can't keep reading the same book night after night. Maybe because I can choose the reality I enter (cue Neverending Story theme), whereas upon flipping out of bed it's pretty much all the same. Every day. Real life is a one-book library. Give or take an unconnected dot or two.

I did give up Invitation to a Beheading and No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency though. For now.

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R. It's its own planet.

message 3: by R. (last edited Jan 27, 2009 12:45PM) (new) - added it

R. Thanks, Misha. It would be nice if 2666 won, but...

message 4: by R. (last edited Feb 10, 2009 11:13AM) (new) - added it

R. Ugh.


I know. Death happens all the time. But - having set aside 2666 in the middle of the infamous fourth section - this news brief just seems...weird.

Give credit to Bolano - he did make the deaths seem mysterious and unnatural. Like UFO sightings. Yes. As alternately fascinating and dry-dull as a UFO sighting ((they're all the same ("Blue disk in the east floated for about thirty seconds, dipped, turned orange and headed west at about 60 m.p.m. ..."), but are they from the same planet? do they have the same intentions?))

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R. Well, I'm almost halfway done. *hee*

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so tell me. is it getting as good as part one? and the last page of part two?

message 7: by R. (new) - added it

R. it's more a parody of police procedural. like watching the first 15 minutes of CSI over and over and over.

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so that's a no, i take it?

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unless... you're a big csi fan?

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