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DescriptionWritten with burning intesity in the last years of Roberto Bolano's life, 2666 has been greeted across the world as the great writer's masterpiece, surpassing everything in imagination, beauty and scope. It is a novel on an astonishing scale from a passionate visionary. 'The best book of 2008 ...A masterpiece, the electrifying literary event of the year' Time 'Readers who have snacked on Haruki Murakami will feast on Roberto Bolano' Sunday Times 'Bolano makes you feel changed for having read him; he adjusts your angle of view on the world' Guardian
- Published: 04 September 2009
- Format: Paperback 912 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780330447430 ISBN 10: 0330447432
- Sales rank: 5,030
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Reviews for 2666
What a most awesome literary experience this book is. Bolano is a true master-craftsman of the written word, his literary style in this book is literary eloquence juxtaposing magnificently with the subject lines.
A most captivatingly grandiloquent description of the mundane, the mediocre, and the macabre, with some singularly outstanding sentences that carry through half to three-quarter pages remaining coherent, contextual, and clever.
The "unfinished" portion ~ that part completed by his family ~ stands as stark testimony of Roberto Bolano's pure literary genius. by Barry Kevin Newton
- Top review
Hefty but not heavy
I have frequently heard this book described as a flawed or unfinished masterpiece, but if you didn't know the author died before he considered the project complete, it would hardly be obvious. In terms of coherence, it compares well with other recent novels of similarly wide scope and size - Infinite Jest, say or Against The Day.
The narrative has two primary and intertwined concerns - the life and works of a reclusive novelist, and an epidemic of murdered females in a city on the US / Mexico border. 'The Part About The Crimes', a three-hundred-page account of these murders and their investigation, is relentless, clinical, hypnotic and altogether disturbing. I don't know how it compares for grisliness with popular psych-crime procedurals, but it is not for the faint-hearted.
In the other parts, we follow a young man whose artistic temperament is formed through the German experience in WWII and after. an incestuous clique of academics trying to track down their literary hero, and a pair of misfits trapped by the endless alienating spaces in and around the border city.
There are many mysteries, but little satisfaction for a reader looking for orderly resolution or deeper significance. However, I felt it a generous work - the prose is sometimes rich, sometimes spare, but never opaque and always allusive. It is learned and literary, but embraces the details of countless ordinary lives whilst guiding us on a rare and memorable journey. by Sholto Spradburyunder review