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4th May
2009
written by Steph
Hi All.  This month, Claire and I are hosting a read-along of Roberto Bolaño's post-humous masterpiece, 2666.  In order to make this a feasible read-along, we decided the best course of action would be for us to aim to read the first book this month, "The Part About The Critics", which amounts to about 160 pages (if you're reading the hardcover edition).  Now, we know that many of you will not need a whole month to read 160 pages (some of you maybe will read this in a day!), but we had our reasons for planning it this way.  Namely, Bolaño's wish was for 2666 to be published in separate volumes, one per year ( I believe).  His publishers decided against this, but many readers have indicated that their enjoyment of the novel was heightened by spacing out the reading of each of the individual installments, while readers who read the whole thing in one go tended to enjoy the book less.  By giving everyone a month to read each section, we hope that we'll also be giving you (and ourselves) the chance to read other books in between, to approximate the vibe Bolaño was going for, and to hopefully increase our enjoyment as well. If you're interested in participating, leave a comment below.  We're still ironing out how to do the wrap-up at the end of the month.  In part, I think it iwll depend on how many people are participating.  Feel free to start the book anytime during the month of May.  This is really a " do as you please" read-along!

22 Comments

  1. 05/04/2009

    I’ve already told Claire I’m in, although I’m not sure I’ll be able to stick with the “do as you please” read-along as it gets closer and closer to August. I’ll be moving twice in three weeks, so I’ll probably be stressed to the max. (Not to mention unable to locate my book when it runs off to hid behind boxes.)

  2. Hi Steph! I’ve just discovered your blog thanks to Claire’s mention of this read-along. I’m hoping to join you, but may not be able to start reading until the begining of June.

    I should be able to keep up with you after that though – it’s a great idea to read a section a month. I look forward to reading it with you.

  3. 05/05/2009

    Have you started yet? Happy reading!

  4. 05/05/2009

    I’m tempted. At so few pages a month, it may be doable for me!! I’m trying to go slower in my reading.

  5. 05/05/2009

    @ Christina: Glad you’ll be joining us! The beauty of “do what you please” is that it really means just that! If one month you get behind in your reading because of life, so be it! I think there’s enough leeway that you can either read ahead one month if you like, or catch up another month if that works better for you.
     
    @Jackie: Nice to hear from you! I’m glad you’ll be reading along with us, whenever it is that you’re able to start! I think one section per month will be just the right amount… I’m not at all sure that I will love Bolaño, but even I can manage to read 160 pages in a month! 😉
     
    @ Claire: I haven’t started yet! I think I will wait until mid-May to begin, so that the thoughts will be fresh in my head when it comes time for the wrap-up!
     
    @ Rebecca: I hope you can join us! Your insights and reviews about the books are you read are always so thoughtful! I do think that the pace of the reading is sufficiently laidback that hopefully anyone who has an inkling to give it a go will be able to!

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  7. 05/06/2009

    Ooh, sign me up! School finishes mid-May, and I’m aiming to do some “fun” reading this summer – plus, I’ve been meaning to read 2666 for a while.

  8. 05/07/2009

    I have been trying to finish 2666 all spring. I am into ‘The Part About Amalfitano’ (Part II) still in the first volume. I actually love it but find myself interrupted by other books often and needing to savor it. At times I don’t find myself driven forward by it but am never bored. My reading habits are highly erratic anyway due to movie and internet addiction and general spider mind tendencies but I did sense there was something particular about this book so am glad to be vindicated.

    From this book (haven’t read his others) I find Bolano great company to linger in, like a person whom you enjoy talking with no matter what the topic, his perceptions and sensibilities at once familiar but highly unique.

    I am hoping your read-a-long will help me let go of the anxiety that has started to surround the book for me and look forward to exchanging comments on it.

  9. 05/07/2009

    @ Emily: I don’t know if 2666 counts as fun, but we’re glad to have you along for the ride! 😉
     
    @ nateG: I think that if I tried to read this in one go, I would experience huge anxiety. I don’t do well with behemoth books in general, and I’ve never read any Bolaño previously. I think the reading pace we’re going for will be leisurely enough that everyone can savor the writing and take their time, but the chunks are also manageable in terms of size so no one feels they have to devote all of their reading time for the next foreseeable future to this monster! 😉 Also, hopefully the prospect of being able to discuss the book with others is also encouraging should things feel over one’s head!

  10. 05/07/2009

    Me, too! I’ll start in the middle of the month, or a little after.

  11. 05/10/2009

    I just let Claire know I’m in. Thanks for organizing this.

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