Empieza con una historia en Europa de profesores universitarios para de repente llevarnos a un mundo completamente diferente en una ciudad imaginaria de Mexico donde misteriosamente han muerto muchas mujeres, debemos resolver el misterio.
Chosen recently by el pais as the best Spanish language book of the last 25 years.
So it's not set in the year 2666 and it's not quite 2666 pages (it runs a slim 898), but it kinda feels like it takes 2666 hours to read. A 5-part (he was originally going to publish it as a series of shorter novels), sprawling, overflowing post-modern novel from the late Chilean author Robert Bolano, "2666," like some of Thomas Pynchon's books, almost dares you to read it. Despite its formidable size, it's not a particularly difficult read, but it can be exhausting. It can take its place with other long, maximalist novels like "Gravity's Rainbow," "Infinite Jest," and "Cloud Atlas." It is a experience to read it and I can admire its ambition and scope, but I was relieved when it was over. His other major novel is "The Savage Detectives,"
This 900 page book is in five parts, and in each story the protaganists end up in a town in northern Mexico where hundreds of women have disappeared. Reading Bolano is like being carried along in a tropical river, with the voyage not the destination the point. I got out about halfway.
A novel, or a series of novels that is an experience as much as it anything. It is beautifully done, but disquieting above all. There are no resolutions, there are no answers to be found. That felt like the ultimate message. The genius is Bolano never says that, it's what you have lived through while reading that tells you that, in a new and exciting way.
Turgid drivel is the kindest thing I can say about this tome . After 200 pages I still couldn't get into it ad finally gave up. If there was story attached I certainly hadn't reached it by then. It reads like a list of references in a scientific paper
A fascinating read from one of Chile's best authors!
Wow. A real eye opener. 5 novels in one. Changes the way you think.
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