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Once You Pop, You Can’t Stop (Bolaño Edition)


Until a few weeks ago, I had no idea what a group read or a reading challenge was. It turns out they’re like snacks. Once you pop, you can’t stop (I’m having such a moment with Maltesers as I type – yum!). Since discovering more of the wonderful book blogging world out there on the Interwebs, I’ve joined Advent with Austen and have just gotten myself into another one: In January, I’ll be joining Richard of La Caravana de Recuerdos, Rise of In lieu of a field guide and a bunch of other book fiends on a group read! I’ll be re-acquainting myself with Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives) by Roberto Bolaño.

I’ve already read it, but never wrote a review. The book is quite complex and I wanted to do it justice. Unfortunately by now I’ve forgotten a lot of what goes on (complexity + my goldfish memory = bad combination), so now I can do it even less justice than after first reading it. I’m hoping a re-read might do away with that problem. Also, I’m hoping to understand it in more depth (or even at all) than during the first read.

If anyone wants to join in, head over here to sign up!

P.S.: This group read is the end point of the 2011 Roberto Bolaño Reading Challenge. Find out more on Bifurcaria bifurcata, the reading challenge’s blog.


Author: bettinathenomad

Nomad. International Relations geek. Reader. Feminist. Swimmer. Boulderer. Runner. Hiker. Not necessarily in that order.

5 thoughts on “Once You Pop, You Can’t Stop (Bolaño Edition)

  1. Wow, thanks a lot for posting about the group read! We’re delighted to have you join us, Bettina, and I hope you have fun re-experiencing the book through your own reread and other people’s comments and posts. It’s such a great book that I’m really looking forward to seeing what types of things everybody will end up focusing on when they write their posts. P.S. Are you enjoying that Carpentier you have posted under “Currently Reading”? I read it a few years ago and enjoyed it, but I’d like to read something else by him within the next year if I can get around to it.

    • I’m quite enjoying the Carpentier actually. This is the second of his novels I’m reading, the first one was Los pasos perdidos – which was ages ago – but I really liked it, so if you’re looking for a Carpentier for your reading list, that might be an option.

  2. Thanks for this post, Bettina. I myself can’t wait on this heavy snack. The multi-voiced TSD must seem like a clubhouse sandwich.

  3. What a coincidence. I’m joining in the Advent with Austen and the Bolaño group read . This made me think that I could maybe tempt you to join me and Lizzy in our German Literatue Month in November.
    We host two read alongs and have a programme as well and weekly giveaways…. The next one is tomorrow. But, please, no worries, if you don’t feel like it…

    • Hi Caroline, thanks for inviting me! I’ve actually given some thought to the German Literature Month business, but the thing is I’m moving this weekend and starting a new job on Tuesday, so I don’t want to commit to anything right now. I might well become a late joiner though! Have fun with Effi Briest and the others!

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