Wow! I’m finally finished!
It took me over a month to read 2666, granted I wrote two research papers during that time frame as well, but it is a hefty read. Having said that, I did like 2666.
This book is actually five books in one. The common thread between the five books is a fictional city in Northern Mexico called Santa Teresa. Book One begins with a small group of academics in search of the elusive author Benno von Archimboldi. The academics trace the writer to the Mexican border town of Santa Teresa, but there the trail runs dry. It isn’t until Book Five that readers learn who Archimboldi is and why he went to Santa Teresa.
The second book tells the readers about a professor from Spain moves to Santa Teresa with his beautiful daughter, Rosa, and begins to hear voices, while the third concerns Quincy Fate Williams, a black American reporter who is sent to Santa Teresa to cover a prizefight and ends up rescuing Rosa from her gun-toting ex-boyfriend. The fourth and longest “book” catalogues the women murdered and raped in Santa Teresa and gives the readers a look at a power system that may be covering up for the real criminals.
This is a tough book to read in some respects (the murders are gruesome and there are many of them) and easy to read in others. The story is enthralling, but the threads are difficult to follow through five books (not too mention the paragrah long sentences). All in all 2666 is worth the effort!
Book Details: Published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux (November 11, 2008), 898 pages, ISBN-10: 0374100144, ISBN-13: 978-0374100148.