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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)

What Members Say

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    Michael Tacoma, WA, USA 07-07-09
    Michael Tacoma, WA, USA 07-07-09 Member Since 2012
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    "BORING, BORING, BORING"

    This book is not for the masses! It is boring, unless of course you like books about obscure academics involved in obscure academic research (German Literature) and their coffee house conversations with like minded characters. Throw in a plethora of untranslated romance language phrases and you have something fit only for academic snobs. I could only stand about 4-5 hours of this. My worst selection ever.

    15 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Astrid United States 08-04-13
    Astrid United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I wish I could return it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I purchased this on the Kindle, I'd be able to return it. I tried to like the book and the reader and tried three times, without success. What a horrible dribble not going anywhere. I'm an avid reader and listener and have never before rated anything 1 star. This book should be given -5 stars. There are good 1 star reviews of this book on Amazon, which capture my feelings about this book to a "t". Definitively don't buy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Roberto Bolaño again?

    No, absolutely not.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    It compounded the effects of the book. The narrator indulged himself in laboriously reading the many strange names in the book, one after another and seemed to enjoy the names more than the content. Also, while he may have pronounced the Spanish and Portugese names as intended I found the English and German names difficult and non-recognizable respectively.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Horror over the hubbub of a book that is not a book. Incomprehension why anybody would rate this book more than 1 star, read it, publish it or record it. A true waste of time and life.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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