Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review of Books

2666, Part 5: The Part About Archimboldi2666, Part 5: The Part About Archimboldi by Roberto Bolaño

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My favorite book of the five volumes,  this is the best one.  The books tie it all up together even though the story is a departure of the Mexican Setting; we find ourselves in Germany. The book is superbly sublime semblance of the 20th century, an homage to the hundred years of European frustration, filled with jihads and fascist leaders. Jingoism upheld by fascist editors. We feel the train of history pounding us down into the tuberculous streets of post World War One Germany and embryonic Hitler. We find an awakening to the death and birth of the modern world.  Bolano ponders what will become of Latin America in this modernity.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Review of Books

2666, Part 4: The Part About The Crimes2666, Part 4: The Part About The Crimes by Roberto Bolaño

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This part gave me nightmares;  the narration salves into one's imagination the terrible murders and crimes of St. Theressa Mexico.  I was ready to move on, but there were more and more murders and the murder kept building into my psyche. I felt responsible in some way.  I felt a depression from the  I did not enjoy this section.

Book Four gives a cry for help for the  disenchanted people  daring  to ask why:  Why should we be forgotten? Why should we be used by the machinery of capitalistic imperialism on a deserted landscape of St. Theressa (Juarez) Mexico?  Why have our once dutiful men succumb to their primitive urges of rape and violence against their mother's daughters? 

2666 would be incomplete with out the salving tome. 

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review of Books

2666, Part 3: The Part About Fate2666, Part 3: The Part About Fate by Roberto Bolaño

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bolano is a magician in his prose.  He gives you a presence of the things beneath the curtain but never truly giving you a view, so you plod along in order to get a glimpse of the solution to the mystery.   And in the end you see enough but not too much that you continue to explore the tragical world of Juarez Mexico.

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