For months I had been reading about Roberto Bolano's 2666 but all the hype just kind of put me off and I simply refused to buy it. Then right before we left for Germany, our friend Ashley gave it to Kyle and me as a congrats-on-the-job-i-like-being-your-friend-going-away present. It was super nice of him, of course, but also, not a surprise because it seems that my reading list and Ashley's reading list have some kind of a telepathic connection established and we are constantly reading or meaning to read the exact same titles. Last night I finally started the book and I find it so ridiculously enjoyable that I actually ended up taking a 1-hour "bathroom break" in the middle of the night to read a few more pages.
The reason I am telling you all this is to save you from yourselves if you are also avoiding the book on account of it being Too Cool.
Just. Read. It.