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2666 ousted from the ToB

March 26, 2009
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In The Morning News’ Tournament of Books, Roberto Bolaño’s novel 2666 has been defeated by Tom Piazza’s City of Refuge.  The novel chronicles the lives of New Orleans residents left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  I suppose its heart-of-gold narrative of survival won over the judge who chose it instead of the brutal tale of murder and mystery that 2666 recounts.

As the only novel that I have at least partially read of the 16 members of the tournament, I’ve been pulling for 2666 and I’m still holding out hope that it will be revived in the Zombie Round and claim its spot as the champion of books.

I am still a few pages away from having finished the 3rd book of 5 that comprise 2666.  The reader can probably expect a recap of my impressions so far in the near future. Happy reading!

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  1. kolby permalink
    March 26, 2009 4:51 pm

    Methinks that the inescapable need of those in the criticism profession to be quirky and different had more to do with this than anything else. When I read the self-congratulatory opening sentence (“About four pages into Tom Piazza’s City of Refuge, I began to wonder if I would have the balls to vote against Roberto Bolaño’s 2666.”) it was rather obvious what the outcome would be. Interestingly enough, they did have said balls. How delightfully unconventional!

    This competition cannot be taken seriously.

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