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Thursday, October 2, 2008 1:29 pm
Bolanomania!
Posted by: Keir Graff

2666Reviewing Roberto Bolano’s novel 2666, an anonymous Kirkus scribe sums it up thusly: “Unquestionably the finest novel of the present century–and we may be saying the same thing 92 years from now.” Talk about having the courage of your convictions! (Or would they still say the same thing if it was a signed review?)

Personally, I don’t think book reviews should take on the business of proclaiming things “best” and “finest” or even “worst”–that’s for awards committees and history to decide. A good review should try to get the right book to the right readers, and that really doesn’t have anything to do with bests and worsts.

Although it does sound like a really excellent book.

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