2666: Reading is Believing

He was a professor at the medical school, and as a medical examiner he unfortunately never lacked for work, so he simply didn’t have time for other things, like business, for example. He was an atheist and it had been years since he’d read a book, despite the fact that he had amassed a more than decent library of works in his specialty, as well as volumes of philosophy and Mexican history and a novel or two. Sometimes he thought it was precisely because he was an atheist that he didn’t read any more. Not reading, it might be said, was the highest expression of atheism or at least of atheism as he conceived of it. If you don’t believe in God, how do you believe in a fucking book? he asked himself.

—Roberto Bolaño, 2666

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6 comments on “2666: Reading is Believing

  1. Stefanie says:

    I came so close to finally picking up this book over the weekend but I was more int he mood for nonfiction instead. Soon, soon, I feel the time will be soon.

  2. Sylvia says:

    When you finally do pick it up you'd better buckle up, it's a bumpy ride. Busy coroners do not make for pleasant read… :S

  3. Stefanie says:

    Oh dear. Thanks for the heads up on that one! I'll try to avoid reading those parts while eating lunch.

  4. Sylvia says:

    Well, it's not that the autopsies are described, just the results. In fact being cold and clinical is part of the book's style and almost has more impact than if it went into all the grisly details.

  5. kaye says:

    Yes reading is believing . we'll learn so much form reading

  6. Sylvia says:

    Very true, Kaye. Thanks for reading!

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