Much anger was expressed, with one participant asking: ‘‘What is the point of this book? ... It seems entirely without form. Or plot. Or characters you can believe in or sympathise with.” Another concluded, ‘‘It’s just a platform for Bolaño’s ego.’’ The consensus: 2666 is nothing more than "an elaborate joke with no promise of a punch line." Nevertheless, the group voted to read to the end. I hope Fox let's us know how the next meeting goes.
Monday, May 25, 2009
2666 as a Book Club Pick?
In the Telegraph, Genevieve Fox writes a humorous account of the fallout when her book club decided to read Roberto Bolano's 977-page 2666. The group reconvened after finishing the first 350 pages (through the third section of the novel's five sections) and discussed whether to continue.