Let the criticism begin! 😉
Full Disclosure: I finished reading this section a few weeks ago so that I could mull over questions and thoughts to pose to fellow readers… only I didn’t really write anything down, so my impressions of this section are not as sharp and clear as they might have been a few weeks ago, when I probably should have written this post. Oh well, if I seem tentative or like I’m futzing about, we’ll consider it an exercise in style and homage to Bolaño himself. At least I’ll have 4 more attempts to get this right! 😉 Also, I want to emphasize that Claire and I are using this opportunity to make 2666
a more communal reading experience, but people are free to read at their own pace. We’re reading one section per month, and ask that you try to post your thoughts on each section within each month… But of course if you fall behind, that’s completely fine and we still want to hear what you thought! If you haven’t started but would like to join along, please feel free! Just post a comment at the bottom of this post linking to your review of Part One, and I’ll be sure to link to it. And for people who already said they were going to read along, if I haven’t included your review but it’s been posted (or you post after I've published this), please do the same and I’ll be sure to add you to this round-up!
When I think back on this first part of 2666
, the thing that sticks out to me was how much I didn’t hate it! That sounds strange, I know, given that I elected to host this read-along with Claire, but I really feared going into the belly of the beast (or at this point, the maw… the belly is yet to come, I think!). I worried that I would really dislike the book. From what I had read about the book during the 2009 Tournament of Books
, it did not at all sound like a book I would enjoy, since the two commentators over at The Morning News found the book bloated, boring, sexist, homophobic, and generally a mess. I worried the book would be pretentious and unapproachable, but seeing that I already had a copy of it in my apartment, I knew I had to at least give it a shot before excising it from my life; it was only fair. Enter Claire whose enthusiasm to read the book was almost infectious, and I decided that maybe if I had a buddy going into this read, maybe if I didn’t commit myself to exclusively reading the book non-stop until it or I was done, that would be the best way to tackle it. And thus, a read-along was born.