qué buen libro!! aunque me tardé 6 meses en terminarlo
¿Muy dificil? Estoy a punto de empezarlo y me da un poco de "miedo"
This is the single most anticipated novel of my life!!! Everything Bolano wrote was masterful and this, his crowning acheivement, will not disappoint!
2666 is going to be the Ulysses of 21st centuary...the most discussed and the least read book...its a tour de force
Unfortunately, I feel this book will stand out more as the most read and least discussed book! I truly looked forward to its publishing, and couldn't wait to read it, but the end result was that I wished I could have read it in the original language! Even then, I felt it just went on, an on, so that I lost too much interest. While I felt this title had much to say, inevitably, I felt it could have been said in far fewer words.
The Telegraph reports that they found 2 new Bolaño novels among the papers he left, including what could be a 6th part to "2666". I'm wondering if they will republish the novel with the 6th part included. Either way, it's good to hear that there are more writings, in addition to the other novels that have yet to be translated into English.
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Just finished the Part 1.. so far it has been an average affair if you consider the overall experience.. the characters and movement of story.. though I must say it is written beautifully..
I am 50 pages in. Bolano's characterization of the four critics seems negative to me; the prose surrounding them reflects their own language: scholarly, empirical (e.g., the enumeration on pp. 40-41), and war-like, with overuse of trope. The aim of the critics is to do battle with differing critics and the apathetic public, those who aren't Germanists or Archimboldians. This gives rise to insularity among them.
The critics begin to realize the irony that they aren't becoming any more intimate with Archimboldi. This, what the critics want, eludes them faster the more they become authorities on Archimboldi's works. Now, as Pelletier and Espinoza have their respective dalliances with Norton, it all seems like a substitution; they are fulfilling their desires about Archimboldi with Norton, who herself is a powerful and mysterious character. Archimboldi is portrayed as a feminine-enigma; only women are mentioned to have come into contact with "him" and the first lead the critics find is a gay man who works at Archimboldi's publisher. In addition, Benno is a feminine surname for Germans.
As their love triangle speciously averts power struggle between Espinoza and Pelletier, another metaphor is introduced: Mrs. Bubis' reflections on the German artist Grosz's drawings, on page 27. In the first scenario, the male friend of Mrs. Bubis has potential power over her decision on whether to buy what is perhaps a fake Grosz, because of his reaction to the drawing. But in the second scenario, Mrs. Bubis has no power at all to influence the male friend's decision to buy what is perhaps a fake Grosz. This power imbalance is inherent. Read this passage in the book to fully understand what this is all about. It is another illustration of how art-interpretation is subjective, and how unproductive criticism is. Here, I believe Bolano is pointing out that criticism is no different than attempting a military coup, though it is less flamboyant. Criticism is a power structure disguised as a humanity. Espinoza and Pelletier's love triangle is thus characteristic of literary critics.
Also interesting to note is that the four critics have absolutely nothing in common.
The section on Grosz (along with the entire first part) was a favorite of mine. You hit the nail on the head here without a doubt. I don't know how far you are into the novel at this point, but if elaborating on the flaws of the critics is an interest of yours you'll definitely enjoy the last part. I'd love to hear more of what you have to say on this!
I read this last fall. It doesn't really take hold until part 4. Stick with it, and you will start to see how the "average" first parts are building up to something.
Also, did anyone else catch the passing reference to Belano and Lima being Lalo Curas father (a reference to the savage detective, and potentially a short story concerning the 2666 character's childhood).
Another one added to the few books that I started and then, I think after 700 pages lost interest and did not care anymore how it would continue.
Where in the first part 4 literature critics, fanatics of the elusive Archimboldi try to trace his whereabouts, other authors, real and made up, are mentioned, as if the author would like to boast with his knowledgement of german and other literature, but really, NOTHING is said than commonplace, and the author tries to keep the reader with it, by interweaving a cheap love story. Or maybe two. Reminiscent of the cheap novels you buy at the railway station.
Part four, particularly, goes on and on, endlessly repeating descriptions of the discoveries of 100s of victims of violations, on and on, over and over the same, in different shades and colours, but nevertheless not leading anywhere. It is in a certain way like minimalistic movies. Compare it to Phillip Glass, if you want. 3 notes repeating, repeating, repeating, varying in nuances, shades ...
And then, at the latest, you understand that you are only being lead on, that nothing will lead to nothing, the stories go of in ramifications and side lines ... so it does not really matter where you stop reading.
Read it all, or stop in the middle. There is no difference at all.
Admittedly, I have not finished that last chapter. But since, according to Bolano, one should be able to read them independently, I lost hope to expect anything new. Actually, read the first chapter and you have read them all. Mostly trivial.
The language is straight forward, simple, nothing poetic, no music in the sentences, the vocabulary seems limited. So not even that (at least in its english translation) compensates for the time you waste.
I want to read other things in this vein does anyone know of anything?