Read-a-long week 4: Bolaño’s 2666

Section four – The part about Fate (week four)

I’m not sure if it’s on purpose but this chapter helped me understand that it is people who are depressed or who feel hopeless that end up in Santa Teresa. The two professors who have lost the woman they love, Amalfitano who is depressed and now Fate who has lost his mother and doesn’t seem to have anyone else. The only other people he gets in touch with are his colleagues.

The Italian Morini, week 1, was always settled emotionally and Norton was lost but escaped half way through. She found her compassion inside herself from when she was little and realised she still had some love. With love comes hope and we’re back to the dementors in harry potter or more accurately, Dante’s purgatory.

All hope abandon ye who enter here.

This section read a lot easier because it was more plot based rather than internal like the Amalfitano section. There is a more obvious focus on the women who are disappearing and Fate decides they are a story worth telling. The previous sections hinted at this background event of the murders but now we are being directed to pay closer attention to it.

I liked the story about Seaman and especially the sermon with its practical recipes alongside his philosophies for life. I’m not sure where the story of the Black Panthers fits in but they represent hope against the odds perhaps.

One response to “Read-a-long week 4: Bolaño’s 2666

  1. Interesting that you noticed that depressed people end up in Santa Teresa. I hadn’t noticed that! Of course, a lot of people just live there anyway, and they can’t all be depressed.

    It’s hard to know what does or does not play a role in the story later. Like the Black Panthers. Should you take extra notice of that, or can you forget it again? That makes the reading a bit heavy, I think, there is so much that you potentially have to remember.

    Hope you’ll be enjoying the next section.

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