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2.0 out of 5 stars Short measure and minor interest, 17 Feb. 2014
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Paul Bowes (Wales, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Almost nothing that the late Roberto Bolaño wrote is without interest, but the barrel is now being scraped. The reader of this short volume is offered five short stories and two brief essays. Both of the latter give the impression of being semi-improvised speeches rather than considered work. Bolaño's distinctive voice comes over strongly. The stories - one of which is an 'homage' to Borges' famous story 'In the South', another to Kafka's 'Josephine the Mouse Singer' - are merely competent exercises. Only in the opening story, 'Jim' - a three page fragment - do we encounter Bolaño at something like full strength.

Recommended only to the Bolaño completist, who may still feel short-changed. Readers new to the author should not start here.
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