The Savage Detectives

The Savage Detectives

New Year?s Eve, 1975: Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, founders of the visceral realist movement in poetry, leave Mexico City in a borrowed white Impala. Their quest: to track down the obscure, vanished poet Cesrea Tinajero. A violent showdown in the Sonora desert turns search to flight; twenty years later Belano and Lima are still on the run. The explosive first long work b New Year?s Eve, 1975: Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, founders of the visceral realist movement in poetry, leave ...

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Title:The Savage Detectives
Author:Roberto Bolaño
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Los detectives salvajes
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:577 pages pages

The Savage Detectives Reviews

  • Oriana
    Jul 07, 2007

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

    Goodreads customer service, how may I direct your call? I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself. I'm sorry sir. As part of Goodreads terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetab...

    I hate the description for this novel. Anything longer than a single paragraph is destined for bloviation, an Excel graph of key phrases selling itself to as many bidders as possible. A long list of characters fishing for the lay reader's empathy? Borges and Pynchon for those who don't...

    I enjoyed 2666(5 stars) more than this. 2666 is more engaging, brutal and with far more interesting characters. 2666 is also more cohesive and the plot is more intricately built. However, The Savage Detectives has more heart being basically a story of a male friendship. Then what made ...

    Because it seems almost impossible to organize ideas for this review, in ode to the author I will present it as so: March 1- : See "Savage Detectives" & "2666" (in Spanish) at Wal-Mart (Yarbrough, El Paso, TX). Yes- it is easy to see the difference between the English books (Ste...

    I am told this novel made some minor splash upon its publication. I see no evidence to support this claim. I see no particular swelling of interest in this lowly text on Goodreads. I see no ecstatic over-the-top declarations of lust for this novel. No effusive dissertations conveying t...

    I have a good feeling about this, based on the first few pages. Feels like Murakami meets Kerouac. So, grown up Roddy reading meets teenage Roddy reading. The locale shifts from Japan and the USA to South and Central America. The quest narrative continues with a new backdrop. Everybody...

    (This review has some vague spoilers, just as a warning. It?s really tough for me to do a proper analysis without spoilers.) This is a brilliant book. This is a frustrating book. This is due to the brilliance and the frustration of its second section, the largest section of the...

    I wish there was a proper way to splutter in written form. I mean, it's not that I didn't like this book, really. I certainly didn't not like it. I just... just... I dunno, I guess I just didn't get it like everyone else seems to've. As I said somewhere else, given that everyone really...

  • Geoff
    Aug 07, 2009

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

  • brian
    Apr 06, 2008

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

  • Rod
    Mar 11, 2008

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

    Goodreads customer service, how may I direct your call? I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself. I'm sorry sir. As part of Goodreads terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetab...

    I hate the description for this novel. Anything longer than a single paragraph is destined for bloviation, an Excel graph of key phrases selling itself to as many bidders as possible. A long list of characters fishing for the lay reader's empathy? Borges and Pynchon for those who don't...

    I enjoyed 2666(5 stars) more than this. 2666 is more engaging, brutal and with far more interesting characters. 2666 is also more cohesive and the plot is more intricately built. However, The Savage Detectives has more heart being basically a story of a male friendship. Then what made ...

    Because it seems almost impossible to organize ideas for this review, in ode to the author I will present it as so: March 1- : See "Savage Detectives" & "2666" (in Spanish) at Wal-Mart (Yarbrough, El Paso, TX). Yes- it is easy to see the difference between the English books (Ste...

    I am told this novel made some minor splash upon its publication. I see no evidence to support this claim. I see no particular swelling of interest in this lowly text on Goodreads. I see no ecstatic over-the-top declarations of lust for this novel. No effusive dissertations conveying t...

    I have a good feeling about this, based on the first few pages. Feels like Murakami meets Kerouac. So, grown up Roddy reading meets teenage Roddy reading. The locale shifts from Japan and the USA to South and Central America. The quest narrative continues with a new backdrop. Everybody...

  • Jessica
    Apr 18, 2008

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

  • RandomAnthony
    Mar 18, 2009

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

  • Jenn(ifer)
    Apr 25, 2011

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

  • Fabian
    Mar 25, 2010

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

    Goodreads customer service, how may I direct your call? I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself. I'm sorry sir. As part of Goodreads terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetab...

    I hate the description for this novel. Anything longer than a single paragraph is destined for bloviation, an Excel graph of key phrases selling itself to as many bidders as possible. A long list of characters fishing for the lay reader's empathy? Borges and Pynchon for those who don't...

    I enjoyed 2666(5 stars) more than this. 2666 is more engaging, brutal and with far more interesting characters. 2666 is also more cohesive and the plot is more intricately built. However, The Savage Detectives has more heart being basically a story of a male friendship. Then what made ...

    Because it seems almost impossible to organize ideas for this review, in ode to the author I will present it as so: March 1- : See "Savage Detectives" & "2666" (in Spanish) at Wal-Mart (Yarbrough, El Paso, TX). Yes- it is easy to see the difference between the English books (Ste...

  • K.D. Absolutely
    May 07, 2010

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

    Goodreads customer service, how may I direct your call? I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself. I'm sorry sir. As part of Goodreads terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetab...

    I hate the description for this novel. Anything longer than a single paragraph is destined for bloviation, an Excel graph of key phrases selling itself to as many bidders as possible. A long list of characters fishing for the lay reader's empathy? Borges and Pynchon for those who don't...

    I enjoyed 2666(5 stars) more than this. 2666 is more engaging, brutal and with far more interesting characters. 2666 is also more cohesive and the plot is more intricately built. However, The Savage Detectives has more heart being basically a story of a male friendship. Then what made ...

  • MJ Nicholls
    Sep 12, 2012

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

    Goodreads customer service, how may I direct your call? I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself. I'm sorry sir. As part of Goodreads terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetab...

    I hate the description for this novel. Anything longer than a single paragraph is destined for bloviation, an Excel graph of key phrases selling itself to as many bidders as possible. A long list of characters fishing for the lay reader's empathy? Borges and Pynchon for those who don't...

    I enjoyed 2666(5 stars) more than this. 2666 is more engaging, brutal and with far more interesting characters. 2666 is also more cohesive and the plot is more intricately built. However, The Savage Detectives has more heart being basically a story of a male friendship. Then what made ...

    Because it seems almost impossible to organize ideas for this review, in ode to the author I will present it as so: March 1- : See "Savage Detectives" & "2666" (in Spanish) at Wal-Mart (Yarbrough, El Paso, TX). Yes- it is easy to see the difference between the English books (Ste...

    I am told this novel made some minor splash upon its publication. I see no evidence to support this claim. I see no particular swelling of interest in this lowly text on Goodreads. I see no ecstatic over-the-top declarations of lust for this novel. No effusive dissertations conveying t...

  • Praj
    Oct 07, 2010

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

    Goodreads customer service, how may I direct your call? I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself. I'm sorry sir. As part of Goodreads terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetab...

    I hate the description for this novel. Anything longer than a single paragraph is destined for bloviation, an Excel graph of key phrases selling itself to as many bidders as possible. A long list of characters fishing for the lay reader's empathy? Borges and Pynchon for those who don't...

    I enjoyed 2666(5 stars) more than this. 2666 is more engaging, brutal and with far more interesting characters. 2666 is also more cohesive and the plot is more intricately built. However, The Savage Detectives has more heart being basically a story of a male friendship. Then what made ...

    Because it seems almost impossible to organize ideas for this review, in ode to the author I will present it as so: March 1- : See "Savage Detectives" & "2666" (in Spanish) at Wal-Mart (Yarbrough, El Paso, TX). Yes- it is easy to see the difference between the English books (Ste...

    I am told this novel made some minor splash upon its publication. I see no evidence to support this claim. I see no particular swelling of interest in this lowly text on Goodreads. I see no ecstatic over-the-top declarations of lust for this novel. No effusive dissertations conveying t...

    I have a good feeling about this, based on the first few pages. Feels like Murakami meets Kerouac. So, grown up Roddy reading meets teenage Roddy reading. The locale shifts from Japan and the USA to South and Central America. The quest narrative continues with a new backdrop. Everybody...

    (This review has some vague spoilers, just as a warning. It?s really tough for me to do a proper analysis without spoilers.) This is a brilliant book. This is a frustrating book. This is due to the brilliance and the frustration of its second section, the largest section of the...

    I wish there was a proper way to splutter in written form. I mean, it's not that I didn't like this book, really. I certainly didn't not like it. I just... just... I dunno, I guess I just didn't get it like everyone else seems to've. As I said somewhere else, given that everyone really...

    "Always remember you are unique, just like everyone else." Author: Unknown There are no true individuals. Bolao knew this. Juan Garca Madero did not know this. When we were 17 years old, none of us knew this either. Sometimes when we're 30 we still don't know this. And i...

    "Hi yara almadan aynadan, geemezsin..." Yorum yaz?p yaz?p, siliyorum. Baz? kitaplar? anlatmak iin yetersiz geliyor syleyeceklerim. K?saca bir ?eyler syleyip, b?rakay?m. Benim iin hala en iyi kitab? '2666' olsa da, Vah?i Hafiyeler'de Bolano'nun gemi?ine dalma...

    Let's pretend this is the picture on the cover: The Savage Detectives seems like a book written entirely between the lines. The plot consists of several people talking about their encounters with the poets Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, the two creators of the visceral realist ga...

    How to solve the Savage Detective riddle? Three visceral realists, an abused prostitute, a sphinx-like poet and a hounding masochistic pimp. Savage Detectives is a segmented nostalgia of barefaced narratives, miscellaneous testimonies and a thrilling road trip. It comes across as a...

  • Mark
    Jul 02, 2012

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

    Goodreads customer service, how may I direct your call? I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself. I'm sorry sir. As part of Goodreads terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetab...

  • Stephen M
    May 02, 2012

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

    Goodreads customer service, how may I direct your call? I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself. I'm sorry sir. As part of Goodreads terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetab...

    I hate the description for this novel. Anything longer than a single paragraph is destined for bloviation, an Excel graph of key phrases selling itself to as many bidders as possible. A long list of characters fishing for the lay reader's empathy? Borges and Pynchon for those who don't...

    I enjoyed 2666(5 stars) more than this. 2666 is more engaging, brutal and with far more interesting characters. 2666 is also more cohesive and the plot is more intricately built. However, The Savage Detectives has more heart being basically a story of a male friendship. Then what made ...

    Because it seems almost impossible to organize ideas for this review, in ode to the author I will present it as so: March 1- : See "Savage Detectives" & "2666" (in Spanish) at Wal-Mart (Yarbrough, El Paso, TX). Yes- it is easy to see the difference between the English books (Ste...

    I am told this novel made some minor splash upon its publication. I see no evidence to support this claim. I see no particular swelling of interest in this lowly text on Goodreads. I see no ecstatic over-the-top declarations of lust for this novel. No effusive dissertations conveying t...

    I have a good feeling about this, based on the first few pages. Feels like Murakami meets Kerouac. So, grown up Roddy reading meets teenage Roddy reading. The locale shifts from Japan and the USA to South and Central America. The quest narrative continues with a new backdrop. Everybody...

    (This review has some vague spoilers, just as a warning. It?s really tough for me to do a proper analysis without spoilers.) This is a brilliant book. This is a frustrating book. This is due to the brilliance and the frustration of its second section, the largest section of the...

  • Aubrey
    Jul 06, 2011

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

    Goodreads customer service, how may I direct your call? I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself. I'm sorry sir. As part of Goodreads terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetab...

    I hate the description for this novel. Anything longer than a single paragraph is destined for bloviation, an Excel graph of key phrases selling itself to as many bidders as possible. A long list of characters fishing for the lay reader's empathy? Borges and Pynchon for those who don't...

  • Mike Puma
    Aug 23, 2010

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

  • Jason
    Jul 07, 2012

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

  • Ian "Marvin" Graye
    Feb 26, 2011

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

  • Mary
    Jul 04, 2012

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

    Goodreads customer service, how may I direct your call? I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself. I'm sorry sir. As part of Goodreads terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetab...

    I hate the description for this novel. Anything longer than a single paragraph is destined for bloviation, an Excel graph of key phrases selling itself to as many bidders as possible. A long list of characters fishing for the lay reader's empathy? Borges and Pynchon for those who don't...

    I enjoyed 2666(5 stars) more than this. 2666 is more engaging, brutal and with far more interesting characters. 2666 is also more cohesive and the plot is more intricately built. However, The Savage Detectives has more heart being basically a story of a male friendship. Then what made ...

    Because it seems almost impossible to organize ideas for this review, in ode to the author I will present it as so: March 1- : See "Savage Detectives" & "2666" (in Spanish) at Wal-Mart (Yarbrough, El Paso, TX). Yes- it is easy to see the difference between the English books (Ste...

    I am told this novel made some minor splash upon its publication. I see no evidence to support this claim. I see no particular swelling of interest in this lowly text on Goodreads. I see no ecstatic over-the-top declarations of lust for this novel. No effusive dissertations conveying t...

    I have a good feeling about this, based on the first few pages. Feels like Murakami meets Kerouac. So, grown up Roddy reading meets teenage Roddy reading. The locale shifts from Japan and the USA to South and Central America. The quest narrative continues with a new backdrop. Everybody...

    (This review has some vague spoilers, just as a warning. It?s really tough for me to do a proper analysis without spoilers.) This is a brilliant book. This is a frustrating book. This is due to the brilliance and the frustration of its second section, the largest section of the...

    I wish there was a proper way to splutter in written form. I mean, it's not that I didn't like this book, really. I certainly didn't not like it. I just... just... I dunno, I guess I just didn't get it like everyone else seems to've. As I said somewhere else, given that everyone really...

    "Always remember you are unique, just like everyone else." Author: Unknown There are no true individuals. Bolao knew this. Juan Garca Madero did not know this. When we were 17 years old, none of us knew this either. Sometimes when we're 30 we still don't know this. And i...

  • Kris
    Aug 06, 2011

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

  • s.penkevich
    Jul 02, 2012

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

  • Jim Fonseca
    Jun 27, 2014

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

  • Garima
    Aug 26, 2012

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

  • Deniz Balcı
    Sep 19, 2017

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

    Goodreads customer service, how may I direct your call? I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself. I'm sorry sir. As part of Goodreads terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetab...

    I hate the description for this novel. Anything longer than a single paragraph is destined for bloviation, an Excel graph of key phrases selling itself to as many bidders as possible. A long list of characters fishing for the lay reader's empathy? Borges and Pynchon for those who don't...

    I enjoyed 2666(5 stars) more than this. 2666 is more engaging, brutal and with far more interesting characters. 2666 is also more cohesive and the plot is more intricately built. However, The Savage Detectives has more heart being basically a story of a male friendship. Then what made ...

    Because it seems almost impossible to organize ideas for this review, in ode to the author I will present it as so: March 1- : See "Savage Detectives" & "2666" (in Spanish) at Wal-Mart (Yarbrough, El Paso, TX). Yes- it is easy to see the difference between the English books (Ste...

    I am told this novel made some minor splash upon its publication. I see no evidence to support this claim. I see no particular swelling of interest in this lowly text on Goodreads. I see no ecstatic over-the-top declarations of lust for this novel. No effusive dissertations conveying t...

    I have a good feeling about this, based on the first few pages. Feels like Murakami meets Kerouac. So, grown up Roddy reading meets teenage Roddy reading. The locale shifts from Japan and the USA to South and Central America. The quest narrative continues with a new backdrop. Everybody...

    (This review has some vague spoilers, just as a warning. It?s really tough for me to do a proper analysis without spoilers.) This is a brilliant book. This is a frustrating book. This is due to the brilliance and the frustration of its second section, the largest section of the...

    I wish there was a proper way to splutter in written form. I mean, it's not that I didn't like this book, really. I certainly didn't not like it. I just... just... I dunno, I guess I just didn't get it like everyone else seems to've. As I said somewhere else, given that everyone really...

    "Always remember you are unique, just like everyone else." Author: Unknown There are no true individuals. Bolao knew this. Juan Garca Madero did not know this. When we were 17 years old, none of us knew this either. Sometimes when we're 30 we still don't know this. And i...

    "Hi yara almadan aynadan, geemezsin..." Yorum yaz?p yaz?p, siliyorum. Baz? kitaplar? anlatmak iin yetersiz geliyor syleyeceklerim. K?saca bir ?eyler syleyip, b?rakay?m. Benim iin hala en iyi kitab? '2666' olsa da, Vah?i Hafiyeler'de Bolano'nun gemi?ine dalma...

  • Adina
    Oct 15, 2014

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

    Goodreads customer service, how may I direct your call? I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself. I'm sorry sir. As part of Goodreads terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetab...

    I hate the description for this novel. Anything longer than a single paragraph is destined for bloviation, an Excel graph of key phrases selling itself to as many bidders as possible. A long list of characters fishing for the lay reader's empathy? Borges and Pynchon for those who don't...

    I enjoyed 2666(5 stars) more than this. 2666 is more engaging, brutal and with far more interesting characters. 2666 is also more cohesive and the plot is more intricately built. However, The Savage Detectives has more heart being basically a story of a male friendship. Then what made ...

    Because it seems almost impossible to organize ideas for this review, in ode to the author I will present it as so: March 1- : See "Savage Detectives" & "2666" (in Spanish) at Wal-Mart (Yarbrough, El Paso, TX). Yes- it is easy to see the difference between the English books (Ste...

    I am told this novel made some minor splash upon its publication. I see no evidence to support this claim. I see no particular swelling of interest in this lowly text on Goodreads. I see no ecstatic over-the-top declarations of lust for this novel. No effusive dissertations conveying t...

    I have a good feeling about this, based on the first few pages. Feels like Murakami meets Kerouac. So, grown up Roddy reading meets teenage Roddy reading. The locale shifts from Japan and the USA to South and Central America. The quest narrative continues with a new backdrop. Everybody...

    (This review has some vague spoilers, just as a warning. It?s really tough for me to do a proper analysis without spoilers.) This is a brilliant book. This is a frustrating book. This is due to the brilliance and the frustration of its second section, the largest section of the...

    I wish there was a proper way to splutter in written form. I mean, it's not that I didn't like this book, really. I certainly didn't not like it. I just... just... I dunno, I guess I just didn't get it like everyone else seems to've. As I said somewhere else, given that everyone really...

    "Always remember you are unique, just like everyone else." Author: Unknown There are no true individuals. Bolao knew this. Juan Garca Madero did not know this. When we were 17 years old, none of us knew this either. Sometimes when we're 30 we still don't know this. And i...

    "Hi yara almadan aynadan, geemezsin..." Yorum yaz?p yaz?p, siliyorum. Baz? kitaplar? anlatmak iin yetersiz geliyor syleyeceklerim. K?saca bir ?eyler syleyip, b?rakay?m. Benim iin hala en iyi kitab? '2666' olsa da, Vah?i Hafiyeler'de Bolano'nun gemi?ine dalma...

    Let's pretend this is the picture on the cover: The Savage Detectives seems like a book written entirely between the lines. The plot consists of several people talking about their encounters with the poets Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, the two creators of the visceral realist ga...

    How to solve the Savage Detective riddle? Three visceral realists, an abused prostitute, a sphinx-like poet and a hounding masochistic pimp. Savage Detectives is a segmented nostalgia of barefaced narratives, miscellaneous testimonies and a thrilling road trip. It comes across as a...

    I give up!!! I will consider this as read since the 300 pages or so that I read felt like 3 books. It took me more than 3 weeks to get here and I just can't continue. I do not have much time to read/day and I prefer to read something I enjoy. The first part was, strangely, both very gr...

  • Darwin8u
    Feb 11, 2012

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

  • Glenn Russell
    Feb 17, 2015

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

  • Steven  Godin
    Mar 01, 2017

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    Feb 18, 2015

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

  • Luís C.
    May 20, 2018

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

  • B0nnie
    Jul 31, 2012

    I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we...

    Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below. In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (inci...

    ?Youth is a scam? Roberto Bolao (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of li...

    I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I?m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency...

    In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970?s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their ...

    This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, onl...

    a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced t...

    I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages? ??What a shame that time passes, don?t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.? But that seems insufficient. How about a song? http...

    My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage Detectives I walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about...

    I am so late to this party! Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye?s visceral reviewers, the self-proclai...

    What?s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends? I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it ...

    It narrates the adventures of a group of self-described young idealists and rupturists "The Viscerrealists" who intend to change Latin American poetry forever. Divided into three parts, the magna novel is exposed in its first and third division through the diary of Juan Garca Madero,...

    This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it?s a lotta spoilerish, it?s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment?one you?re very entit...

    I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn'...

    ?Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I?d rather not talk about it, because I didn?t understand it.? ? Roberto Bolao, The Savage Detectives ?In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats? ? Roberto Bola...

    ~~ To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are le...

    The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youth Unconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy. Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled. Poems by poets, novels by write...

    Goodreads customer service, how may I direct your call? I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself. I'm sorry sir. As part of Goodreads terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetab...

    I hate the description for this novel. Anything longer than a single paragraph is destined for bloviation, an Excel graph of key phrases selling itself to as many bidders as possible. A long list of characters fishing for the lay reader's empathy? Borges and Pynchon for those who don't...

    I enjoyed 2666(5 stars) more than this. 2666 is more engaging, brutal and with far more interesting characters. 2666 is also more cohesive and the plot is more intricately built. However, The Savage Detectives has more heart being basically a story of a male friendship. Then what made ...

    Because it seems almost impossible to organize ideas for this review, in ode to the author I will present it as so: March 1- : See "Savage Detectives" & "2666" (in Spanish) at Wal-Mart (Yarbrough, El Paso, TX). Yes- it is easy to see the difference between the English books (Ste...

    I am told this novel made some minor splash upon its publication. I see no evidence to support this claim. I see no particular swelling of interest in this lowly text on Goodreads. I see no ecstatic over-the-top declarations of lust for this novel. No effusive dissertations conveying t...

    I have a good feeling about this, based on the first few pages. Feels like Murakami meets Kerouac. So, grown up Roddy reading meets teenage Roddy reading. The locale shifts from Japan and the USA to South and Central America. The quest narrative continues with a new backdrop. Everybody...

    (This review has some vague spoilers, just as a warning. It?s really tough for me to do a proper analysis without spoilers.) This is a brilliant book. This is a frustrating book. This is due to the brilliance and the frustration of its second section, the largest section of the...

    I wish there was a proper way to splutter in written form. I mean, it's not that I didn't like this book, really. I certainly didn't not like it. I just... just... I dunno, I guess I just didn't get it like everyone else seems to've. As I said somewhere else, given that everyone really...

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