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2666: A Novel | Roberto Bolao, Natasha Wimmer
THE POSTHUMOUSMASTERWORK FROM ONEOF THEGREATESTANDMOSTINFLUENTIAL MODERNWRITERS(JAMESWOOD,THENEWYORK TIMESBOOKREVIEW) Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaos life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of SantaTeresaa fictional Jurezon the U.S.-Mexico border, where hundreds of young factory workers, in the novel as in life, have disappeared.
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castanheira
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Hmm what to say about this? 🤷‍♀️ well we can see the extraordinary writing of the author. However, after a while, the kills (in my point of view) become boring. I notice that I was reading not for pleasure but just to end it. On the finals chapters the author regains our attention but never in the same way. Maybe Roberto was right and this should have been divide in 3 🤔🤔

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mrjung
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Pickpick

Excellent, complex, not for the faint-hearted. A meditation on art, ethics, and femicide.

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Emu
2666: A Novel | Roberto Bolao, Natasha Wimmer
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#day1 #7days7covers Post a cover you love each day for 7 days. No explanation needed. Thank you @IvoryLunatic

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wanderer15
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Stunning. As other reviewers of this book have noted, 2666 tests readers‘ endurance to the outermost limits, both in terms of subject matter (part 4‘s relentless, harrowing violence in particular) and in length (900 pages of rich, complex prose). But I found the end result to be masterful, and well worth the effort.

BarbaraBB Yeah, a rewarding read, I thought so too. 8mo
Mcoun It was a difficult read on many levels. 8mo
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nudibranch
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Guys. What started as a hilarious commentary on academic culture has since spiraled into one of the bleakest books I have ever read. What this book is ABOUT is the unsolved mystery of a mass femicide happening in a region of Mexico. I'm a third of the way through the book, slogging through part 3 at the moment. And it's an important book, I won't deny it; but it is SO hard to read. I don't know how much more I can stomach.

Nebklvr Did you make it through? 2mo
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AMVP
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I imagine it's hard to look back on the experience of reading any ~900 page book with real objectivity. I know there were times, certainly during my long breaks from it, that I'd have felt inclined to judge it merely okay. Now, at the end, I feel the weight of a full life behind my memories of it, an accomplishment that only great novels can claim.

vivastory I loved it & definitely thought it was one of Bolanos two masterpieces, but I don't think I'd ever reread it, although I will definitely reread his second masterpiece 11mo
AMVP @vivastory I've got that one too. Look forward to reading it. 11mo
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AMVP
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2 volumes down, one to go.

This last one seems to be the shortest, and if I stick to ~50 pages a day, I should be able to complete it by year's end.

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AMVP
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Book 1 of 3 is complete.

Given the font size, it feels like this book should easily be two times bigger. Will undoubtedly wind up being the longest thing I read in 2018.

Reviewsbylola What a great cover! Small font size raises my blood pressure. 😂 1y
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Your word of the day, everyone.

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Jamesfahyauthor
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This book is an absolute masterwork in my opinion. Gritty, harrowing, oddly dreamlike and building suspense and foreboding brick by menacing brick until the whole wall comes crashing down on you like a midnight storm.

Annl Great review! 1y
Cathythoughts Excellent review 👍🏻💫 1y
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AMVP
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#augustisatrip #day10 - #mexico

Feels like I trot this title out a lot for these theme challenges, and I regret doing so in light of my continued failure to actually read it. Still one of my favorite editions of any book I own.

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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 28: The #ThursdayThriller I hope to read for our upcoming July-September reading theme on crime, murder, mystery at GatheringBooks. Good intentions count for something, right? Right? #MockFaint.

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Mcoun
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This was a long, very tough read, centered around the disappearances and deaths of several hundred women in St. Teresa, a fictional town in Mexico near the U.S. border in the 90s. It was incredibly gruesome, particularly part 4, and I didn‘t think the gore added to the story. I found part 5 to be the most interesting in the way it tied all the previous parts together.

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wesmandingo83
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I read this.

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vivastory
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The five sections of Bolaño's massive book are tonally varied & stylistically range from noirish pulp fiction (section 3) to David Lynchian fever dream (section 2) to the chronicling of facts & detail demanded of nonfiction writers (section 4). It is the fourth section, the chronicling of the women disappeared & brutally murdered in Juárez, that is the real heart of the book. It was also the section I found to be most difficult, due to the 👇

vivastory attention to details, the viciousness of the crimes & the overwhelming number of crimes committed. I can't help but believe that this was intentional on Bolaño's part, he doesn't want readers to easily turn their attention away. This book was frustrating, occasionally tedious & at times overwritten. It's also mesmerizing, worth the effort & an absolute masterpiece. 2y
emilyhaldi Awesome review!! 2y
Liz_M Excellent review and completely reinforcing both my hesitation and desire to read this. 😁 2y
rohit-sawant Brilliant review! 2y
batsy Great, intriguing review. Will tackle this beast of a book at some point. 2y
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Yossarian
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https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/04/26/theater/bolano-2666-stage-version-free-str...

“This five and a half hour stage adaptation . . .”

I think this legitimately deserves an “OMFG!”

Zelma Wow. 😱👏 2y
Suet624 Jeepers! 2y
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mklong
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Any Roberto Bolano fans out there? The stage adaptation of “2666” is now streaming for free! https://nyti.ms/2KcAELz

This adaptation sounds as ambitious as the book, and I suppose it would have to be. The foundation that funded the production and the streaming was started with lottery winnings. They produced it knowing it would never be profitable, just for the sake of art.

vivastory I'm currently reading this one. About 2/3 of the way through. Will definitely be checking this out. Thanks for posting! 2y
TheKidUpstairs Interesting. I can't imagine how an adaptation of this one would work, but I'm intrigued! 2y
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vivastory
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1) It's taking me much longer to finish than I'd like.
2) The increasing likelihood of the impeachment of governor Greitens.
3) Unofficially.
4) Which is Emily Dickinson's favorite reindeer? Dasher!
5) Will do!
#friyayintro
@jesshowbooks

saresmoore You mean that GIANT book you‘re reading? I think maybe cut yourself a little slack. 2y
vivastory @saresmoore it's only 900 pages. I should have finished by now! 😜 2y
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Faibka Love this! 2y
vivastory @Faibka I would eat there! 😄 2y
arubabookwoman I loved #2666, but despite three tries I haven‘t been able to get into #TheSavageDetectives. Have you read it? 2y
vivastory @arubabookwoman I love Savage Detectives, one of my favorites of all time! 2y
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I love Roberto Bolaño. The Savage Detectives is one of my favorite novels of all time. I'm finally reading this one.

batsy I love The Savage Detectives and need to tackle this sometime. Look forward to your thoughts. 2y
zezeki I absolutely loved Savage Detectives, one of my all time favourites @batsy 2y
Liz_M This one keeps starting at me asking when I will read it. 2y
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vivastory @Liz_M So far it's excellent. I read the first section (175 pages) yesterday. It's been years since I've read Bolaño & this is a good reminder of what made me love his work. 2y
Faibka Great! The Savage Detectives is on my tbr for this year, can‘t wait! Looking forward to your posts on this one 2y
Faibka @batsy @zeljka TSD is next on my reading bucket list 😆 I‘m going to go for it! 2y
vivastory @Faibka I think you'll love it. I just finished volume 1 of 2666. It's darker than TSD, but I think I might end up liking it just as much 2y
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tricours
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Mehso-so

What on earth was this? I can‘t say I‘m as blown away by this as everyone else seems to be. The writing was deadly monotonous at times and the ridiculous amount of detail was just... ridiculous! And what was the point of it all? For once I am going to complain about the ending not being, well, an ending. This book should come with a disclaimer for that.

BarbaraBB I really liked (although that isn‘t the right word) the part about the murders. I‘ve been Googling like crazy afterwards. The other parts were rather frustrating, I think, I often had no clue what they added to the whole. 2y
tricours @BarbaraBB The murder part was the only one that really captured my attention, the first part about the search for the author was just really weird. The author seems a bit obsessed by sex and rape though. 2y
BarbaraBB ‘A bit‘ 😂 2y
zezeki If I remember correctly, Bolano died before finishing this, so he maybe didn't get to write the part that would round the whole story up. 2y
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Sunita_p
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Finally taken off the shelf to read.

loukitkhemka Damn hard and long novel to read. But, it was worth the effort though. 2y
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vivastory
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1) Carter
2) Labor Day
3) Saturday
4) 2012
5) Seven Nation Army
6) Bolano's "2666"
7) 17
8) 2
9) 2
10) 17
@Kaye

Kaye Thanks. ✅. Another song I haven‘t heard of. I need to put down the audiobooks and turn on some music. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Love Seven Nation Army! The White Stripes are great!! 2y
vivastory @ElishaLovesBooks I had the privilege of seeing them 2y
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Jess7 This is the same song I posted about @Kaye 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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1. Reagan
2. Thanksgiving (🇨🇦)
3. Friday
4. 2013
5. 99 Problems
6. 2666 by Roberto Bolano
7. 16
8. 5
9. Just one!
10. 15, I think

This was fun! Thanks @Kaye and congrats on your #50k milestone!

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Godmotherx5
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My weekend plans changed allowing me to read more than I expected. The best part was my timer. This was the first time my clumsy self did not accidentally reset the clock. #24in48 @24in48

robinb Great job! 👏👏👏 2y
WhatDeeReads Oh yeah! More reading time. 2y
Bookzombie 🎉🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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JacqMac 👏🎉 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess 👍🏻😀🎉🎊 2y
rohit-sawant 👏👏👏 2y
Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
SincerelyWinona I‘ve definitely accidentally reset every 24in48 I‘ve done. Good work!!! 👍🏻 2y
mrp27 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 That was my biggest fear during the readathon! I got into the habit of taking a screen shot of my time every time I stopped so if I hit reset I at least had a total. 2y
Librarybelle Great job! 2y
Godmotherx5 Thank you for Litsy support. I took screenshots as insurance. So happy not to have needed them. @robinb @WhatDeeReads @Bookzombie @JacqMac @Graciouswarriorprincess @rohit-sawant @Eggs @SincerelyWinona @mrp27 @Librarybelle 2y
drokka 🙌 2y
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Godmotherx5
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I‘m slogging through this behemoth during #24in48. Thanks to the Readathon, my insomnia is actually productive.

#Insomnia @24in48

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Pickpick

Great book - Great cover! I love his storytelling and will for sure reread these in the future.

Cortg Great covers indeed! ❤️ 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks I‘d never seen the 3 volume set. Striking! The Hc is still on my TBR stack. 2y
batsy Wow 😍 2y
Soubhiville Pretty! 2y
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Pat1287
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Only in chaos are we conceivable. #robertobolano #2666

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TheKidUpstairs
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mdhughes72 Good luck! I‘ve tried several times to read this but can‘t seem to get enough momentum. 2y
TheKidUpstairs @mdhughes72 LOL! yes, it's a slog at times! I read this years ago, before kids, when I had the fortitude and willpower to make it through. 2y
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Pat1287
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...starting a new trip today ❤️ #robertobolano #2666

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Kristelh
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#30daysofreadathon #thick and #thin. Forgot to post yesterday

Liz_M Nice mix of #1001books! 2y
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GatheringBooks
2666: A Novel | Roberto Bolao, Natasha Wimmer
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#Septembowie Day 23: I anticipate that #TimeWillCrawl as I read this tome of a novel - not sure exactly when I will start reading this one. Hopefully in this lifetime. But what can I say? I love big books and I can not lie.

Marchpane It's a behemoth, that's for sure! 2y
tournevis I read th first third. But the book is so big I had to stop, I could not hold it. And there is no ebook version in French, so I don't know when I'll finish it. 2y
Cinfhen I've never heard of this book before...sounds amazing 😉 2y
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SubwayBookReview
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Adrian: "This is the most complex novel by Bolaño. The story is about a man looking for a writer who has disappeared. He travels through Mexico and arrives in a fictional city named Santa Teresa. That city is based on Juarez where women did disappear. The terror in Bolaño's work is the kind you can't see but it exists all over the world. In the news, they show you all the horrible things. Bolaño scares you without ever showing you the monster."

sofiaga I love to see #LatinAmerican literature on Litsy 2y
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BarbaraBB
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2666 exists of 5 novels that are hardly connected. The central part is about the ongoing murdering of women in a Mexican bordertown where many come looking for work in the 'cheap labour' American manufacturing factories. This story is based on the true situation in Ciudad Juarez. The impunity is shocking, as is the halfhearted way the police investigates the murders, which Bolano describes in every gruesome detail. #1001books Picture: Austria

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Liberty
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Day 6 of the #RiotGrams challenge: number titles! Here are a few of my favorites. ❤️📚🤘🏻

SpecsyBeast I loved Captain Bluebear! 3y
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Kristelh
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Janedoughnut
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I felt relief after the end of part four, creating distance between myself and all of these dead women. Then I met the 500 Jews and the Germans tasked with "disposing" of them.

Mcoun I felt the same. (edited) 1y
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Janedoughnut
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bitterbear
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So these have been sitting on my shelf forever (Roberto bolano) anyone want to do a #buddyread with me? I've read the skating rink and the Third Reich..

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TheKidUpstairs
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Sad to say, I don't have any #mexicanormexicanamericanauthors on my shelves, but I am enjoying building my TBR from everyone else's posts!

The closest I've got is Bolano, who was Chilean but spent much of his youth in Mexico, which was the setting for most of 2666. A challenging, at times compelling (slow at others), but ultimately satisfying read.

#maybookflowers
@RealLifeReading

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#Riotgrams day 21 - cool spines

Sorry to return to this well so soon, but this 3-volume edition is seriously one of the coolest looking books I own.

Faibka That IS cool! 2y
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Pagesflutter
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#riotgrams day 21 -
I can't believe I made it this far into the challenge! This boxed set of 2666 immediately popped into my head when I saw that today's category was #coolspines. I really really love it! I'm a little intimidated by the thought of reading it, however. #seriousbooks #maybesomeday

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AMVP
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#Riotgrams day 18 - something pretty.

Picked up this 3-volume edition from Eagle Eye Book Shop back when I was living in Atlanta (same place I got the 1st ed. of Americanah). Clairemont road is a must visit for book lovers in the area, with Atlanta Vintage Books and Book Nook further north and the #Emory #Barnesandnoble west on N. Decatur Rd.

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jdtchicago
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Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people's ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.

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jdtchicago
2666: A Novel | Roberto Bolao, Natasha Wimmer

The diseased, anyway, are more interesting than the healthy. The words of the diseased, even those who can manage only a murmur, carry more weight than those of the healthy. Then, too, all healthy people will in the future know disease. That sense of time, ah, the diseased man‘s sense of time, what treasure hidden in a desert cave. Then, too the diseased truly bite, whereas the healthy pretend to bite but really only snap at the air. Then, too...

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smccallum
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This would have been witty but sadly I slept for too long! Many thanks littens, I'm still crazy in love with Litsy and discovering who's reading what out there!

TheLondonBookworm 🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽 3y
Well-ReadNeck 🎉🎉🎉 3y
BookishFeminist Yay! 🎉🎉 3y
DebinHawaii Congratulations! 🎉👍🎉👍🎉 3y
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RZMelodie
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hernanderson
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all this has happened before and will happen again #mexico

MrBook Oh maaaan, I give you a lot respect for tackling this book! 3y
hernanderson thanks 😁 it's been on my tbr list forever, and just as i started it i caught dengue and had to put it down for a month and a half. onwards! 3y
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CallMeIshmael
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So I finished this epic and it will stay with me for a while. Loved the different books within, book 1 and 3 were my favorites. Loved the voices in this book and the way it took you to the locations. Loved it and will be reading again in a few years

CallMeIshmael I also had to finish it this weekend because I have Jerusalem coming on Tuesday 3y
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razmanda
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I'm sure I have more with a number in the title but laziness. #septphotochallenge

shawnmooney I tried and I tried and I tried, but after a couple hundred pages, I had to give up on this one years ago. Just didn't connect with me at all. 3y
RealLifeReading I've been intrigued by this book but not sure it's for me 3y
razmanda @shawnmooney @RealLifeReading I really, really liked it but it's not easy. 3y
razmanda Just realized this could have been my #funfridayphoto, too, as Kindred was a fave assigned in college. @Liberty 3y
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