2666 GROUP READ - Part 2 DISCUSSION THREAD ***Possible SPOILERS***
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Still it has what I thought was an interesting and apt quote:
"He chose The Metamorphosis over The Trial, he chose Bartleby over Moby-Dick, he chose A Simple Heart over Bouvard and Pecuchet, and A Christmas Carol over A Tale of Two Cities or The Pickwick Papers. What a sad paradox, thought Amalfitano. Now even bookish pharmacists are afraid to take on the great, imperfect, torrential works, books that blaze paths into the unknown. They choose the perfect exercises of the great masters. Or what amounts to the same thing: they want to watch the great masters spar, but they have no interest in real combat, when the great masters struggle against that something, that something that terrifies us all, that something that cows us and spurs us on, amid blood and mortal wounds and stench.”
I should of started with the Savage Detectives :)
I read somewhere (sorry, I don't remember where) that 4 1/2 of the 5 parts were complete at Bolano's death. I wonder if this Part 2, the shortest of the 5, was the 1/2...
As to a coherent, engaging story it was a dead loss but I sensing 2666 is more about big themes, allegories etc.. so I am a) probably not the intended reader and b) most of it is going to go over my head.
Still I am also intrigued to read it all, I just want to stand back and view it from a far.
I'm not sure how much to make of the parallels between Amalfitano's and Bolano's lives.
The story of Amalfitano's wife Lola was different and I agree it did at least provide for a similarity to the stories contained in Part 1. I wonder if madness is one of the overarching themes to this one? It would appear that obsessions and the lack of what I want to call reasoned judgement crops up again and again in the characters.
I am still finding Bolano's writing style - if not the story itself - to be very fluid and easy to read as I finished Part 2 during my short plane ride home on Friday. I hope to get to Part 3 soon and I am prepared for the fact that it may be either completely different or more of the same.....