Here's my suggesting for 2666. What really turned me off was the endless repetitive police reports of homicides. If I were you, after reading as many as you want (they're basically all the same), say 20 or so, skip until he returns to narrative. I found the first and last part good, the second part okay but forgettable, the third part an embarrassing attempt at American pulp fiction writing, and the fourth section endless and unbearable. If you skim or skip through all those police reports, maybe what's left would be a decent novel. I suspect the author would have edited a lot of those out if he had lived.
Yes, I love The French Lieutenant's Woman, too. It seems that Fowles is becoming forgotten today. That's a shame. He wrote some great novels.
: I'll add Atonement to my list then. The
: comparison to Fowles helps. I really enjoyed
: The French Lieutenant's Woman.
: With Cloud Atlas coming in at number three
: on the most respectable looking of those
: lists, I'd probably have read it anyway, as
: there's nothing to put me off about it, but
: I did think of your enthusiasm for it, and
: your dislike, along with its length will
: probably keep me from reading the number
: four book, 2666.
: You mentioned wishing Mantel would complete
: her trilogy. There are a couple books for
: which I'm awaiting English translations or
: at least printings. I have read that Benito
: Perez Galdos is considered by many the
: greatest Spanish author after Cervantes, and
: yet the novel recommended by Bloom,
: Fortunata y Jacinta isn't available in
: English. How is this possible? I would also
: like to read a Brazilian novel, the English
: title of which is The Devil to Pay in the
: Backlands. I would like to at least know, as
: I did with Chin P'ing Mei, that somebody,
: somewhere is working on translations of
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