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Amulet by Roberto Bolaño
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Aug 31, 09

Read in August, 2009

This book was a shining example of everything I love least about Latin American Literature. A florid, OTT, self-consciously ‘poetic’ style; the navel-gazings of ‘The Mother of Mexican Poetry’ as she sits trapped in the women’s lavatories during the 1968 Tlatelolco student massacre.

There’s everything you’d expect in a book of this kind: rose-tinted politics, the romanticised lauding of poets and poverty, a deal of obscure name-dropping (to show how intellectual the narrator is) and a fantastically annoying style: shall I? better not. Or will I? let me see…

I’m giving it two stars rather than one because very occasionally, the germ of a story was able to fight its way out of the miasma; two rather than three because it was always quickly drowned again in a swamp of unnecessary words.
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Pedro Cabiya I think you gave it one star too many. But I agree. Chapter 7 almost, ALMOST saved it.


Maya Panika It's been too long since I read it for me to say whether chapter 7 was any good or not. I'm afraid I'm finding it hard to remember much about this book at all except that I do remember it being pretty bad.


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