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2666 | [Roberto Bolaño]

2666

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa - a fictional Juárez - on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Publisher's Summary

National Book Critics Circle, Fiction, 2009

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño’s life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa—a fictional Juárez—on the U.S.-Mexico border, where hundreds of young factory workers, in the novel as in life, have disappeared.

©2004 the heirs of Roberto Bolaño; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

This winner of the 2008 National Book Critics' Circle Award for Fiction is the master work from "one of the greatest and most influential modern writers" (James Wood, New York Times Book Review)

"...think of David Lynch, Marcel Duchamp (both explicitly invoked here) and the Bob Dylan of Highway 61 Revisited, all at the peak of their lucid yet hallucinatory powers." (Janet Maslin, New York Times)

"It is safe to predict that no novel this year will have as powerful an effect on the reader as this one." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 02-04-13
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "Rambling humourous"

    what a rambling of strung togethar sentances. Sort of funny but not my cup of tea. Its nonsensicle.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vaughn BALTIMORE, MD, United States 01-20-13
    Vaughn BALTIMORE, MD, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Better as separate books"
    What did you like best about 2666? What did you like least?

    There are really 5 separate books. The relationships between each are tenuous at best. I found myself looking for the threads rather than enjoying the story.

    Would not recommend


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gilbert San Antonio, TX, United States 11-12-12
    Gilbert San Antonio, TX, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2006

    Sentient Being, Planet Earth

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    "Disappointingly Fragmented"
    What would have made 2666 better?

    I kept waiting for a cohesion, a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. The audio reading was quite good and the expectation palpable yet in the end, in the long end, disappointment.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntley, IL, United States 01-12-12
    John Huntley, IL, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "brilliant but boring"
    Would you try another book from Roberto Bolaño and/or the narrators?

    The narrators, yes


    What could Roberto Bolaño have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not sure


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was excellent


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 2666?

    Endless details about inconsequential characters


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written and researched. The plot is hard to follow.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nan W. 08-04-11
    Nan W. 08-04-11
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    "Gratuitous violence outweighs any merit"

    I had been excited about listening to 2666 since it had received much acclaim, some of it from literary reviewers I respect. My problem with this audiobook was not with the readers, all of whom in the four parts I listened to were capable; rather it was with the novel itself. The violence is pervasive and graphic, and yes, gratuitous. Although I made it through over half of 2666, I deleted this audiobook from my mp3 player tonight.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stan United States 01-15-11
    Stan United States 01-15-11

    folktraveler

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    "droll"

    utterly droll, I didn't care about the characters or the story. Part One put me off the rest and I just dumped it from my Itunes.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Papillion, NE, USA 03-05-10
    Deborah Papillion, NE, USA 03-05-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Many better things to spend credits on"

    I am used to 20+ hour books but this is even worse than Anathem by Neal Stephenson. Pure agony forcing myself to finish it. I hate to waste money but this one is made to be deleted! Achem Baldi is now a cuss word.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Darby Gilman, IL, United States 10-20-09
    Darby Gilman, IL, United States 10-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Irritating"

    1st book in 12 months I just could not finish. Finally gave up and quit listening after about 8 hours of pure agony.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Hudson, WI, United States 02-24-10
    Jennifer Hudson, WI, United States 02-24-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Either really good or really bad"

    Honestly, I'm not really sure how to rate this book. The individual stories were good, I related to many characters, however some portions were incredibly graphic about the sexual act. The overall book: awful. I kept waiting for it to "come together" but it never did. If you want essentially 5 books for the price of one, try this book. If you want a cohesive story, stay away.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia la grange, TX, USA 09-01-09
    Patricia la grange, TX, USA 09-01-09
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    "boring"

    Forced myself to listen to the first 2 cds and finally hollered, "WHO CARES???" at the cd player.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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