Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 Read-along

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Steph and Claire are hosting a read-along for the highly acclaimed book, 2666, by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. The novel is 900 pages long, and divided into 5 parts, which Bolaño intended to be released in separate volumes. Unfortunately, Bolaño died, and the publishers decided to release all the books together. This means that it’s length is quite daunting to people like me!

The read-along aims to address this issue by reading one part a month, for the next five months:

  • May ~ Part 1: The Part About the Critics, pp. 1-160
  • June ~ Part 2: The Part About Amalfitano, pp. 161-228
  • July ~ Part 3: The Part About Fate, pp. 229-350
  • August ~ Part 4: The Part About the Crimes, pp. 351-634
  • September ~ Part 5: The Part About Archimboldi, pp. 635-894
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    This seems very achievable, and as there are quite a few people taking part in this read-along I am really looking forward to it.

    The read-along might not be the end of the book though, as it has recently been reported that the sixth part of the book has been discovered amongst his papers.

    I’m really looking forward to reading it, especially after seeing this quote:

    Readers who have snacked on a writer such as Haruki Murakami will feast on Roberto Bolaño
    …vital, thrilling and life-enhancing.
    ~ Christopher Goodwin, The Sunday Times Culture

    Are you interested in reading this book?
    Do you plan to join us for the read-along?


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    6 Comments

    1. Sandy says:

      I got sucked in the Gone With the Wind thing, so I am resisting. Not to mention I just signed up for another reading challenge because I am weak! That is one chunkster! I will happily read your summaries…thanks for doing the work on this one Jackie!

    2. Jackie says:

      Sandy – These chunky read-alongs really do eat into the amount of time you have to read other books, but I don’t think I’d ever get round to reading things like this without them. I love reading things with other people, so I’ll just have to focus on the positives, and not the ever growing TBR mountain!

    3. claire says:

      I’m really glad you’re reading along, Jackie! Maybe we could squeeze in the sixth volume sometime after we’re done. :D

    4. Jackie says:

      Claire – I’m happy to read the sixth volume as soon as it is released (assuming I enjoy volumes 1-5!!)

    5. Karen says:

      This book looks really interesting but also a little daunting for me in my current reading situation so I’m going to pass on joining in the read along but I am really looking forward to hearing what you all think about it.

    6. Jackie says:

      Karen – This book is daunting whatever your book situation – I’ve just received my copy – it is so heavy! I wish I’d bought the set where each part is a seperate book, instead of the giant hardback version. My arms are really going to ache if I try to read this book for too long at once!

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