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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    Stellar Performance

    Roberto Bolano's The Savage Detectives is the story of a group of young poets in Mexico in the early 1970's. The book is written in three parts. The first part is the story of the Visceral Poet group, young poets and writers living in Mexico City, all Hispanics from various countries. The founders of the group are Ulises Lima and Arturo Belano, who named the group after an earlier set of visceral poets in the 1920's. That group centered around a female poet, Cesarea Tinajero, who disappeared mysteriously.

    In the first part, we meet the various characters through the eyes of a 17 year old, who thinks he might be a poet. This young man, Juan Garcia Madero, spends his days reading and writing and discussing literature with the group members. He also discovers his sexuality, and much of the section deals with his sexual awakenings and various partners.

    The second part is written forty years later, and is written as a series of short interviews with various people who have encountered either Lima or Belano over those years. Through these vignettes, we discover what has happened to these poets over the succeeding decades. The story winds through several countries and continents. Each person knows a bit of their stories, and the reader is able to slowly piece together their lives.

    The third part is a flashback to the road trip that Belano, Lima, Madero and a prostitute take to try to find Cesarea and what caused her to disappear. The events of that trip fuel the rest of the book, although the reader only realises this in retrospect.

    The Savage Detectives is a book that will be considered important for years, and will probably become a classic. Many readers might pick it up thinking it is a mystery, and they might be disappointed. But those readers that stick around for the ride will be entranced as they enter Bolano's world. This is definately a book that will bear rereads, and is recommended for readers who appreciate cutting edge literature and exposure to the literature of other countries.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2008

    a tough read...

    I decided to buy this book because I read great reviews about it in several magazines. It's very long (almost 600 pages!), and a really tough read. It took me almost 3 months to get through it. The story follows two poets over 20 years, and it's told by individuals they've crossed paths with over the years. The problem is they've crossed paths with so many different people, its hard to keep up!! I'll probably try reading this book again in a few years. I recommend the Savage Detectives to anyone who has the time to spend reading it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

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    It was a dark and stormy day, I had just about run out of time...

    A detective story...
    floating in a world of words, a breathless account of the search for a lost poet or was it a lost poem.
    It exposes the naive adolescent and lost mind set of a man on a mission to prove his existence.
    Its a rapturous list of name, and references in the style of Borges, but with a breathlessness that the old master, did not contribute.

    Is the story real, is it fake, is it realistic?
    It raises so many questions of self and the need for direction and focus.
    But it also raises questions of meaning and purpose.
    Who am I today?
    Am I a Poet or am I the poets muse?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    maybe it's me

    i don't know if it was my mindset or having too many distactions or what...i just accept the fact that this is a great book, but one which i never really was drawn into.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    Horrible.

    Boring. Watching paint dry, is more interesting.....

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

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    Amazing book

    I got caught up in this book immediately, even as I was scrambling to keep up with all the characters and the plot. It was like reading Kafka or Joyce for the first time. It's one of the most mentally engaging books I've ever read - on a whole different level.

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  • Posted December 5, 2008

    51 Characters

    I won't spoil this book, but something around 51 characters describe the somewhat twisted lives of two poets and their movement. A great read, to be sure.

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  • Posted December 1, 2008

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    book of the century.

    1,000 Garcia Marquez earthquakes at once, over and over, the entire book. One long orgasm. For readers with endurance and passion.

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