When it comes to reading a large book or a series you need the right mental preparation. I am not sure that the right attitude has been taken with Roberto Bolano's 2666.
The problem is not made easier by the note at the start that reveals that this should have been five seperate books. This possibly might have been a better way of doing it or at least put those comments at the end. Maybe that is too much of an excuse but with the weight, the odd storyline and the reputation of brilliance I should have perhaps prepared better for the 2666 journey.