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    2666 (Picador) (Hardback) By (author) Roberto Bolano

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    DescriptionSanta Teresa, on the Mexico US border, is an urban sprawl that draws in lost souls. Among them are three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; and a police detective in love with an elusive older woman. But there is darker side still to the town. It is an emblem of corruption, violence and decadence, and one from which, over the course of a decade, hundreds of women have mysteriously, often brutally, disappeared. Told in five parts, 2666 is the epic novel that defines one of Latin America's greatest writers and his unique vision of the modern world. Conceived on an astonishing scale, and in the last years of Roberto Bolano's life with burning, visionary commitment, it has been greeted across Europe and Latin America as his masterpiece, surpassing even his previous work in inventiveness, imagination, beauty and scope. 'A tour de force though the phrase seems hardly adequate to describe the novel's narrative velocity, polyphonic range, inventiveness, and bravery' New York Review of Books 'One of the giants of the post-Marquez era' Sunday Telegraph 'One of the greatest and most influential modern writers' James Wood


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    Simon Halliday I didn't finish it. I reached the second last section of the book and I couldn't read the phrase, 'She was anally and vaginally raped' any more. I understand that Bolano tried to depict the different hues of corruption - personal, political, thematic, and others. But, I couldn't find the will to continue reading. This didn't worry me too much.

    I enjoyed the second and third sections of the book, but the first and the fourth? No. I didn't get to the fifth. I also believe that the book generally required more serious editing, it required someone to examine it, cut it, shape it. Bolano didn't live long enough to do it himself. I believe that the point (as much as it could be isolated) could have been conveyed in many fewer words and with more grace. I can neither recommend nor discourage the reading of 2666 - any pleasure from this one is probably (and largely) intellectual. It wasn't enough for me. I admit that I was disappointed after all the hype. Oddly enough, from the reviews I have read it seemed much better received in the US than it was in the UK. by Simon Halliday

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