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An American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student interact in an urban community on the U.S.-Mexico border where hundreds of young factory workers have disappeared.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374531553
Branch Call Number: FIC
863 B68t
Characteristics: 898 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wimmer, Natasha

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Apr 27, 2019

I could not finish this book. I felt like I should have read a prequel to be able to understand what was going on. I could not get halfway through it. The flow of the book also kept me from enjoying it, I understand the premise of having a run-on sentence in a story but in my opinion two pages of a run-on sentence made me cringe and skip over it till I got to the end of the sentence. I hope others can enjoy it but I personally cannot.

JCLMattC Dec 10, 2018

A vast, sprawling and interwoven five-part novel. It looks at a series of ghastly murders committed in an imaginary border city in Mexico - sometimes from a faraway, academic perspective, sometimes up close with gruesome intimacy. It's a mystery, but it isn't. It's a whodunnit, but not at all what that word usually implies. This is one of the most daunting books I've read and yet I'm immensely glad I read it. It isn't hard to read, but it's easy to become overwhelmed by the scope and the fact that this book plays entirely by its own rules.

JCLGermanP Aug 28, 2017

Empieza con una historia en Europa de profesores universitarios para de repente llevarnos a un mundo completamente diferente en una ciudad imaginaria de Mexico donde misteriosamente han muerto muchas mujeres, debemos resolver el misterio.

Nov 30, 2016

Chosen recently by el pais as the best Spanish language book of the last 25 years.

Oct 26, 2013

Published posthumously.
This 900 page book is in five parts, and in each story the protaganists end up in a town in northern Mexico where hundreds of women have disappeared. Reading Bolano is like being carried along in a tropical river, with the voyage not the destination the point. I got out about halfway.

jplynch25 Oct 16, 2011

A novel, or a series of novels that is an experience as much as it anything. It is beautifully done, but disquieting above all. There are no resolutions, there are no answers to be found. That felt like the ultimate message. The genius is Bolano never says that, it's what you have lived through while reading that tells you that, in a new and exciting way.

Aug 08, 2011

Turgid drivel is the kindest thing I can say about this tome . After 200 pages I still couldn't get into it ad finally gave up. If there was story attached I certainly hadn't reached it by then. It reads like a list of references in a scientific paper

RenGrrl May 26, 2011

A fascinating read from one of Chile's best authors!

Jan 17, 2011

Wow. A real eye opener. 5 novels in one. Changes the way you think.

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