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The savage detectives
Roberto Bolano
Adult Fiction BOLANO

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Far more ambitious, and to some extent more successful, The Savage Detectives is a sprawling yet well-intentioned work. The opening and closing sections consist in the diary, written from November 2, 1975, to February 15, 1976, of fictitious poet Garcia Madero, who, along with fellow poets Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima (Bola?o and compatriot Mario Santiago in disguise), as well as a fugitive prostitute, set out in quest of Mexican poet Ces rea Tinajero, who apparently disappeared in the Sonoran Desert in the 1920s. The bulk of the framed novel, however, is the dense, disjunctive middle portion, in which a panoply of characters over several continents narrate through their diary entries their connection to the main characters and what happened to them during the 20 years following the Sonoran adventure. In a creatively interesting twist, one of these characters is Amulet's Auxilio Lacouture. The journey for all, including the reader, may prove arduous, but as a picaresque road novel, coupled with successful character creation, intriguing experimentation, and a unique premise, it provides a rewarding reading experience. For both public and academic libraries. [For The Savage Detectives, see Prepub Alert, LJ 12/06.]-Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC Lib., Dublin, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Arturo Belano
Founded a militant literary movement; searching for an obscure, vanished poet.

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