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2666

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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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    Stavros Pavlides 05-31-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Monumental. Staggering"
    What made the experience of listening to 2666 the most enjoyable?

    Good god what a book. Had a little trouble adjusting when narrators would switch, but the power of the story, the humanity, tragedy, violence, and brilliance just overwhelmed me. I'm kind of in shock still. Not a book I am likely to forget


    What other book might you compare 2666 to and why?

    Hmm other Bolano books, for one, such as 'Savage Detectives'. Also brought to mind 'A brief history of seven killings', and perversely also 'War and Peace'. I have not yet read Austerlitz but I suspect that is similar too, as many have compared Bolano to Sebald. Perhaps Sebald=Archimboldi?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The 4th section, about the murders, was definitely the most shocking


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't


    Any additional comments?

    I think i need a cigarette.... damn...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stiven 05-02-17
    Stiven 05-02-17
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    "Intriguing"

    Struggled to finish, the story seems incomplete. It's actually 5 books in one, with interesting passages, the stories all converge at the end.

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    tomasito 10-28-16
    tomasito 10-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Greatest Latin American writer since Borges 2666 his masterpiece"

    The two bell weathers of Spanish literature Cervantes and Borges. Roberto Bolano touches them both in 2666. Like those two masters he sustains a imagined narrative in a new way. He has his own subtle surreal world that is absurd, violent and slyly, wickedly funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erika L Peterson Dorena, Oregon 05-01-16
    Erika L Peterson Dorena, Oregon 05-01-16
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    "Don't understand the hype"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm 26 hours into this bugger and I just cannot fathom the good reviews and awards. For the last 12 hours or so, it's just been a litany of anonymous murdered women, one after the next. Then there was the several minute long interlude of violent misogynistic jokes. The further in I get the more it feels like masturbatory fantasy material for psychopaths. The characters are dull and many are indistinguishable from each other. If the author ever heard the old saw "show, don't tell," he sure didn't take it to heart. So far, there is no plot. Overall, just unbelievably tedious. I am returning it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Arce Ojai, CA United States 12-22-15
    S. Arce Ojai, CA United States 12-22-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Where do I start........"
    What made the experience of listening to 2666 the most enjoyable?

    I don't know what to say about this book other that I suspended my judgment and let the writing take me along the somewhat labyrinthine path to a decidedly and expected unresolved conclusion. I loved the writing and knew from the beginning that there would not be a neat ending with all loose parts nicely tied up. This being said, I was not displeased with the ending. The writer was an amazing thinker to create the various realities of the novel, some gritty, some academic, some banal.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The language and development of character


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to him before


    Who was the most memorable character of 2666 and why?

    Archimboldi was an enigma until the last chapter and by the time we meet him we are eager to learn more about this elusive person


    Any additional comments?

    I will certainly listen to another book by Bolano, but not right away. I want to savor the experience of 2666

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    Geoffrey 04-22-15
    Geoffrey 04-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best modern authors of our time."

    One of the best modern authors of our time. Am absorbing masterpiece full of sex, violence, murder, love, and family. Am epic byproduct of human nature and splendid trials. This novel will have you on edge, hoping for what comes next...

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    Sage 02-15-15
    Sage 02-15-15
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    "The third reader is horrible"

    This is an amazing novel though. It is a long haul to read or to listen to but it is absolutely worth it.

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    Tammo 01-27-15
    Tammo 01-27-15
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    "Briljant"

    Mesmerising story. Well read and Told. After finishend i want to start back at THE beginning
    THE story of Hans Reuter ties iT all

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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 11-06-14
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 11-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "This Author Must Have a Lot of Friends"

    I made it through 2666 and it changed my life. After dragging my way through this pretentious, poorly written, poorly crafted and poorly conceived waste of pulp, I learned that a book either shows promise by the mid point or it does not. I learned that critics are easily fooled.

    The life changer for me is the freedom to never again have to finish a lousy book because some critic thinks it good because it has to be good, right? I stick with books unless they are obvious pap. I'll invest the time and make the effort. This book is an absolute mess. I am forever free to walk away from a book that is an obvious dud which the critics fear---is it just me? This is 900 pages of crap. I'd better play it safe and talk about the "reach" or the "expanse" so no one really knows that I think it's worthless.

    Look at the reviews. When the best a critic can do is recap the book (need those 1,000 words!) and then call it massive or expansive which just means long, skip it. I now understand a code that can steer me clear of future time wastes like 2666.

    Save your time. If you want to read Latin literature, turn to Marquez.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Bridie
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    "peaks and troughs"

    The narrators do a good job of recounting the story. Their delivery was professional and easy on the ear, though I can't stand the way Scott Brick delivers his narratives (Frank Herbert's Helstrom's Hive put me off him for life) but in the recounting of part 4 - the crimes - he is probably well suited to evoking a sense of Bolano's Schadenfreude at the rapes and murders that he describes ad nauseum. Listening to the relentless drone I wondered if Bolano's purpose in this section of the book wasn't his own perverse pleasure but was designed to evoke a feeling of loathing for humanity from his readers - total immersion in the sense of futility of any thought of redemption for human kind. Like saying humanity has certain self-images (intelligent, sophisticated and civilised) that 'it' is constantly reinforcing to make us feel that we are not the base animals that we evolved from but that we still carry within us such instincts; and here is the evidence, and here and here and here, etc. We are either the deer or we are the tiger and either way we die eventually and usually with pain and suffering. In any case I thought section 4 laboured the point. Part 5 wasn't exactly a tea party either taking place as it does during the brutality of Europe in WWII.

    Its a long haul book but worth the journey if you don't mind getting dirty and roughing it a bit along the way.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY, United Kingdom
    6/6/14
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    "Not for the faint heart. Left an impression"
    What did you like most about 2666?

    This is so tricky. There is brilliance throughout, along with occasional tedium, and horror. Its how it comes together as a work afterwards, and on reflection. It makes other novels look a bit light.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Benno Von-Archimboldi. What a brilliant name to choose for yourself, and what a confluence of ideas and themes this character represents, both to the reader, and to several of the other characters in the book.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The final chapter detailing how Haans Richter becomes Benno Von Archimboldi was very satisfying, or at least as close to that as this book comes!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Didn't make me laugh, didn't make me cry, but left me feeling contemplative for a good long time. (Still having the effect a few days after finishing.) Has also left my next book feeling really simplistic and light, Its like 2666 has changed the rules in my head for what a book should be.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a part of this novel which is hard to get through, The part about the murders. It is relentless, and depressing, and is the under-current to about 2/3rds of the book. It deadened me to the emotion of what was being described because i just couldn't allow myself to feel the horror for the length of time it was being described. It is an essential part of the book, and there is no getting away from it, and its link to real life events, and real life and very dark human psychology.Basically be warned! not a happy novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • William
    12/4/16
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    "Don't be tempted unless you liked Ulysses"

    Not sure how or why I got to the end.......... I wasn't interested, I didn't get it. Of the books that I have listened to, only Ulysses has been similar but much worse!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. R. Ashken
    7/4/17
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    "A weird sprawling masterpiece"

    I dont believe in being reductive about novels like this but for me more than anything what it's about is the second world war, and the legacy of the second world war, and even the very long term legacy of the second world war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Sindre Johnson
    5/17/17
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    "Best post 2000 fiction written. Amazing achievemen"

    Best post 2000 fiction written. Amazing achievement. Rereading becomes nearly an act of obligation as the initial stories starts to unfold after first reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/18/16
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    "meandering and long but interesting"

    went on long bike rides to finish this, got lost in number of female deaths happening in Mexico but was good to see threads coming together at end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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