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 these.
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