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Last Evenings on Earth by Roberto Bolaño
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Jun 16, 2012

it was amazing

I have only read the nihilistic, Monsieur Pain, -- which was depressing -- but this collection was full of shock after shock. The narrators, characteristically, were exiles who hung out with other exiles. With how matter of fact the characters were, I expected something sordid or ugly to happen in each story, just so there'd be a jolt. This was the main tension in the stories.
The style pulled me in like a Disney riverboat ride: it was slow, I knew I was safe (because the characters didn't seem to care about anything), but I also knew a monster would jump out at me, Albert the reader, at any moment.

There were beautiful and strange sentences and asides. One of my favorites: His speech was soft and monotonous, although occasionally he would raise his voice, and then he sounded like a madman imitating a madman."

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