“An oasis of horror in a desert of boredom”

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.

This quote is from 2666 page 227.  I got my copy in the mail on Friday, and when I read this excerpt in the “Note to the First Edition” at the back of the book, I just about shat myself.  Yes!, I said to myself.  YAAAASSSSS.

SO WE DOIN DIS!

The schedule.  Print it and stash it in your underpants when winter comes.  And remember: 10 pages a day finishes the book in just under three months.

Date Page Pages Read Percent Complete
12/22/17 23 23 3%
12/25/17 53 30 6%
12/29/17 95 42 11%
1/1/18 125 30 14%
1/5/18 159 34 18%
1/8/18 195 36 22%
1/12/18 228 33 26%
1/15/18 261 33 29%
1/19/18 301 40 34%
1/22/18 332 31 37%
1/26/18 375 43 42%
1/29/18 405 30 45%
2/2/18 445 40 50%
2/5/18 475 30 53%
2/9/18 515 40 58%
2/12/18 545 30 61%
2/16/18 585 40 66%
2/19/18 615 30 69%
2/23/18 658 43 74%
2/26/18 689 31 77%
3/2/18 729 40 82%
3/5/18 750 21 84%
3/9/18 790 40 88%
3/12/18 823 33 92%
3/16/18 864 41 97%
3/19/18 893 29 100%

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