Sunday, March 08, 2009

Getting bogged down

Most of the time reading is a pleasure. As worlds unfold you are detained by books that you would have been happy to have spent much longer in the company of.

However now and again you get pulled into the quicksand of a book that takes a long time to get through. As a result you start to become more resentful and wish away the hours that you should have been enjoying reading.

Sadly that is the case with 2666 by Roberto Bolano. It has an odd structure that means you end up getting through the first three of five parts but still have more than half of the book to go.

Then there is the way it is written with the translation from the Spanish potentially causing problems.

But the reason for this post is one of a statement of intent. Over the next few days I aim to crack the book, post section conclusions and then at some point a final review.

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