A quick text exchange with Canelli yesterday morning, and he tells me he’s already started on the first few pages of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, our Infinite Winter III read. He says it’s got a compelling start and that he’s excited to read it. Awesome!
So I poked around on one of my favorite books sites yesterday reading essays about 2666, and, let me tell you, I’m totally stoked about reading this book more and more each passing day. Here, here’s what the site had:
- 2666 – Roberto Bolaño
- Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 Revisited
- Bolaño’s Werewolves
- Roberto Bolaño’s Powers of Horror
- Intertexuality and Structure in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666
- Wherein I suggest Dracula Is a Character in Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666
- True Detective, Bolaño’s 2666, Werewolves, Etc.
Is reading these essays before reading the novel spoiling the book for me? I don’t think so. I think having read this essays will allow me to go into the story with my eyes wide open, ready to feel and appreciate this book in a way I couldn’t without knowledge.
One of the myriad links that came off these reviews and their comments took me to another site where some folks did a group read of 2666 back in 2010 (link goes to the oldest, first posts), and one of the things that I came away with is that I should probably read Bram Stoker’s Dracula before reading 2666. Well, so much for knocking out a couple of antiquities history books before starting Infinite Winter!