Friday, August 12, 2011

The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño

This book pops up every once in a while on people's must-read lists so when I found a paperback copy for a dollar at the library book sale I thought I'd give it a try.

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It's quirky and bohemian and at times funny but it just didn't hold my interest. I finished Part One and then called it quits.

In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolaño tells the story of two modern day Quixotes - the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself - on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe: our own. The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age. (back cover)

6 comments:

Sam said...

I've never heard of it .... what is it about?

Trish said...

Sorry, I should have added the back cover blurb. i just added it now :)

Karen said...

That's a shame. I must admit I fancy reading his other book 2066 more than this one.

Trish said...

Yes, I'm not ready to dismiss him completely either.

Anonymous said...

Trish, you should persevere or you will never understand why this book has captivated so many good readers. The second part is the "core" of the novel, the meat in the middle of a sandwich. It is the fractal perspective of 52 narrators who tell accounts of the two heroes in a way that when you are done with the last chapter, your mind ends up with a sort of "hologram" of their lives, all of this without any of the two having to pronounce a single word. Very post-modern. And of course, 2666 is beyond anything done in Literature in a long, long time.

Trish said...

Thanks, that does sound pretty intriguing. Although I have re-shelved it for now, I will very likely be pulling it out again soon to finish it.