viernes, 28 de febrero de 2014

The 2014 Caravana de recuerdos Ibero-American Readalong: February Links

Although our 2666 group read will be officially over in just over an hour, look for more high octane Bolaño posts here and elsewhere in March as Miguel from St. Orberose was the only group reader with enough gas in the tank to complete the novel and finish his posts on time--despite being the last to get started!  Anyway, a round of applause for Miguel and the rest of you who contributed or dropped by during the group read; it's been great rereading the novel in such fine company, and I look forward to getting back to "The Part About Archimboldi" tomorrow.  As a reminder, all 2666 posts produced for the group read can be found here.

In related news, I'm happy to report that even though I decided to postpone rereading Andalusian Ibn Hazm's The Ring of the Dove earlier in the month, many friends of the blog joined me in writing about a number of Spanish- and Portuguese-language authors in February.  I've included links to some of those reviews below and will be happy to add any more that you've written that I've missed if you get in touch with me.  In the meantime, March's group read choice will be José Saramago's O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis [The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis] (details coming soon).

Frances, Nonsuch Book

Miguel, St. Orberose

Richard, Caravana de recuerdos
Authorial Voice(s) in the First Half of 2666 #2
Por los tiempos de Clemente Colling by Felisberto Hernández
"El balcón" by Felisberto Hernández
El viaje by Sergio Pitol
"La dimensión desconocida" by Sergio González Rodríguez
Three Readers in "The Part About the Crimes"

Scott, seraillon
2666: The Part About the Critics
2666: The Part About Amalfitano
2666: The Part About Fate

Tony, Tony's Reading List
The Happy City by Elvira Navarro
Calling All Heroes by Paco Ignacio Taibo II
Talking to Ourselves by Andrés Neuman

10 comentarios:

  1. I have not abandoned 2666, I just didn't finish it in February. I plan in finishing it in March, though, and the parts I have read this far have been greatly enriched by you and the other readers in this quest.

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    1. I'm glad to hear you haven't abandoned 2666, Bellezza, and I hope it all proves worthwhile for you in the end. It's a big book, though, and there's no need to rush through it (I'm not!). By the way, thanks for your kind comments--this group read has been a special thing for me as well in terms of being "greatly enriched" by the various posts, so thank you in return for your contributions. Cheers!

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  2. Although our 2666 group read will be officially over in just over an hour, look for more high octane Bolaño posts here and elsewhere in March as Miguel from St. Orberose was the only group reader with enough gas in the tank to complete the novel and finish his posts on time--despite being the last to get started!

    Aw, shucks, my cheeks must be very rubicund right now!

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  3. I'm also curious to follow the March reading of Saramago, although I re-read the novel only months ago so I won't be joining it. In fact, I'm a lot more anxious to know your thoughts about Parallel Stories.

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    1. Miguel, it'd be understandable if you were winded after all that speed reading and speed posting. Thanks again as well for contributing such thoughtful, action-packed posts on 2666. As far as Saramago and Nádas go, I'd be happy to have you weigh in on the former once we start posting. There'll be at least two to three of us reading that one, and I hope to link to your recent review as a teaser if that's OK. I'm very much looking forward to digging into Parallel Stories, but it may be a while before I have anything coherent to say about it because I just barely started reading it (it was placed on my sidebar a little prematurely given my poor time rtime management last month). Cheers!

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    2. Richard, you may certainly link to my review. I'll see if I can muster a few more thoughts about the novel for the group read.

      Also, I replied with a different account moments ago. Feel free to delete it.

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    3. Thanks, Miguel--look forward to your comments during discussion time, esp. as I have only read half of one Saramago (The History of the Siege of Lisbon) in my entire life for some reason (I didn't even dislike the novel, but I'm so easily distracted I didn't finish it).

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    4. Well, it's very easy to be distracted from The History of the Siege of London, I think it's one of his weakest and least interesting novels, along with The Stone Raft. The Reis novel is something else, possibly his greatest novel.

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    5. I think I'm going to like Saramago if that was one of his weakesat novels. Ricardo Reis seems/sounds way more promising, though.

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