Nicely put; just reading your thoughts there reminded me of how much I'd like to go back and re-read this at some point (though I'll be reading Last Evenings on Earth fairly soon). Even the structure breaks the straight temporal progression, which is a big development to how the first and last part connect and build off of each other. Thanks for the book recommendation! is it worth it? Their real poetry is their embodiment of the values of literature within themselves. I was thinking a lot about creative writing while reading it too; the way he writes is just so different from many other writers in terms of language, perspective, and, like you said, other people. The structure is refreshing, and although the second section dragged in a few places, I loved how it built perspectives on Ulises Lima and Arturo Belano and the narrator of each part. I read this novel in April and it impressed me much too. It is very clear in 2666 or Distant star but I think it is true for all his novels and even his poetries. He was ready to encapsulate the whole world in Santa Teresa. Neither will reach the heart of reality with their art, and believe in Visceral Realism as the next step toward unknowing. The Second part jumps ahead in time and shows the aftermath of these characters and what happens to them when they achieve, or fail to achieve - as most of them end up doing - their goals. As if making promises in one's sleep were nothing! The abiding message to be taken from Bolano's novel, and maybe from his fraught life, too: books matter. It is all so vivid and real - the struggle for survival, the randomness influencing every action, loneliness, disappointment. What's it all about? I just got interested in the Savage Worlds RPG and bought the Adventure Edition. Heads up for anyone interested in reading Bolaño - there’s a reading group for 2666 starting on Aug 15th over at r/2666group. He too has given up on Visceral Realism, but he ends his journal making bizarre entries involving place names and windows. “Life left us all where we were meant to be or where it was convenient to Pilgrims rather than saints, they lived towards literature, without ever quite reaching that condition." After Lima and Belano leave him and Lupe in the desert, his journal shows him to go on living in impossible conditions for about a month. The Savage Detectives: A Novel [Paperback] on Amazon.com. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008. This is a book about Latin American poetry itself, the adventour of L-A poetry. My most lasting reaction to the novel was the whirlwind feeling, created by moving through what felt like vignettes in the lives of the novel's many minor characters. The characters' lives are made more interesting by their art, even though they never achieve what they want most. I just finished The Savage Detectives last week and really enjoyed it; I haven't read 2666 to compare but what I think could be considered fun about it is the lack of a direct plot and that it's a collection of different narratives that kind of all fall into place as you read on. Rejection of reason acknowledges the futility of interpreting art, and opens art to all possible perspectives. SD was my first of his novels and I've been wanting to read 2666 for some time now. maybe check those out? So much of the book is about how audiences see art, and how ridiculous it is that art aims to be anything when so many people see art differently (i.e. I have read most of his books and in my opinion they are all asking the same question: what litterature (and art) can do against the evil. "The Savage Detectives" was published in 1998, but its heart belongs to the Mexico City of the mid-1970s, when Bolaño was an avant-garde poet bristling with mad agendas. 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