Bolaño 2666 Read-A-Long – Week 7

The Bolaño 2666 Read-A-Long is a twelve week read of 2666 with people who can’t face reading the tome on their own. There are about 8 of us who are reading this together.

If you like to join in, get your copy of 2666 and join us any time. You can find the full reading schedule in THIS POST.

Reading for Week 7

This week, we read the following

Section IV The Part About the Crimes (4 weeks)

7. Pages 425-496 (71 pages) April 16th

Read until “The next two dead women were also found in December 1995.”

My summary (may contain spoilers)

More dead bodies, all female, most raped. Now some breast mutilations, too.

On television a psychic woman called Florita Almada appears a few times who can see things no one else can see. She predicts that the murders have not come to an end yet.

Harry Magaña is looking for Miguel Montes, who may have something to do with the murders. He finds Miguel’s niece Maria and she takes him to have a look at Miguel’s house. No one knows where Miguel himself is. He finds Chucho Flores, of whom we’ve heard before (as the lover of Rosa Amalfitano) and threatens him, but Chucho can or will not reveal the whereabouts of Miguel.

One of the dead women used to frequent a computer shop. Epifanio, one of the police officers, arrests the owner, the German Klaus Haas. At first, he pretends not to know this girl, but later admits she has been at his shop.

Haas is put into prison. He gives a press conference while in prison, which is of course unheard of. The police suspects that the director has taken money to keep a blind eye.

What else happened? Please let me know. I read it but forgot it already. If it wasn’t for you, dear readers, I’d given up on the book a few weeks ago!

Discussion

I’m not convinced that it is the partners that kills these women  – at least, some of the time the partners confess, so you’d think they committed the crime. But, I think it’s strange that a partner would rape and then kill a woman. In my mind, they’d either kill her more or less by accident, in a fight or so, OR they rape her but then wouldn’t kill her. Why would they?

Otherwise, the book is boring to me. There is not enough linkage between the different sections in the book and there is not much of a storyline. More bodies, more bodies. And the police does very little.

Discussion questions

Are you still reading? And enjoying it, too?

Do you agree that maybe the partners that confess may not actually be murderers at all?

What do you think is going on? What important bit of the story thus far did I not mention in my summary? Is there something big I’m overlooking?

Next week (Week 8.)

This week, we’ll read the following

Section IV The Part About the Crimes (4 weeks)

8. Pages 497-568 (71 pages) April 23rd

Read until: “After they had eaten, as both of them stared out at the night through the windows…

What did you think of this week’s read?

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6 Responses to Bolaño 2666 Read-A-Long – Week 7

  1. Chinoiseries says:

    I actually enjoyed this week’s read more than last week’s. And it’s because of Klaus Haas, the mysterious foreigner locked up without a trial. His experiences in prison are fascinating (and terrible) and I really want to know whether he has to do anything with those murders.

    Because once in a while a murderer is actually apprehended, I am more and more inclined to think that “something” is making these men kill. Also, I still don’t believe there’s only one serial killer out there: if I have to believe series like CSI and Criminal Minds, they should stick to a certain type of woman and they have not so far. The women differ in ages, and there was even an American victim.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Chinoiseries, I did sort-of like Klaus’ story, but he’s yet another character and where *are* we going with this story?

      I also don’t think there is just one murderer, I am with you in thinking it’s “something” that makes the men do this. Indeed, there is too much variation in victims, exact crimes and the situations. Two more weeks and we’re at the end of this section. I wonder what’s next.

  2. JoV says:

    I agree with you both. Last week’s read was boring and it is going to get more boring (as I am ahead again, and inclined to skim read those murder stories). We’ll see. I’m still reading on! 😉

  3. StefanD says:

    Im a little bit behind, but in fact i like this part. In fact i like it very much, more than some parts of the previous books (like e.g. the beginning of the book of fate).
    Its interesting, how the story meanders around the crimes, with new characters appearing, some fade into nothing, some gaining unexpected importance.
    Its like life itself. Take for instance the story with the policeman and the psychologist. They meet, sleep together, but perhaps this all will lead to nothing. That is life, there is seldom a goal or a pointe in real life.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Well Stefan, that’s true, in real life things “just happen” and nothing further comes of it.

      I’m not so good with lots of characters, I like them to have a clear function in the book, and here, maybe they do, but it’s only temporarily.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it, though!

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