Roberto Bolano Group



Another region down, another region began. The king is dead, long live the king.

We finished our three-part exploration of the women of contemporary British literature last month with Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body. This month we move to the warmer climates of Latin America with Roberto Bolano’s By Night in Chile.

The Winterson conversation was wonderful, as always. We haven’t read a lot of love stories, so it was nice to explore one of the most intelligent romance novels ever written, and it was great to do so with such a willing group. People came ready with quotes, and passages, and opinions, and we all left knowing a little more about reading than what we came with.

Now we move on to the most cultish of cult authors, Roberto Bolano. Bolano was a bohemian cut from the same cloth as Rimbaud, Baudelaire, and Kerouac, and his writing takes huge leaps and chances. I feel like By Night in Chile demands to be read as a group. I can’t wait.

Here is where we stand:

June 30th at 4pm: Roberto Bolano’s By Night in Chile

July 28th at 5pm: Julio Cortazar’s Hopscotch

August 25th at 5pm: Mario Vargas Llosa’s Feast of the Goat

Note that this month’s meeting will start at 4pm. BookPeople is having their inventory, and will be closing at 6pm. Thank you.


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