Teaser Tuesday: By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano

Tuesday Teaser is great meme hosted by Should Be Reading and is a great way to find out about new books.Here are the guidelines: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano

The language in this book is just as incredible as I was lead to believe. The only problem with this book as a 'teaser provider' is that it is written as the ramblings of a dying man, which means that one sentence often goes on for more than page at a time. What I will do is share two excerpts with you rather than two sentences:

"That night I dined with Farewell. I could no longer bare the weight, or to be perhaps more precise, the alternatively pendular and circular oscillations of my conscience, and the phosphorescent mist, glowing dimly like a marsh at the vesperal hour, through which mu lucidity had to make its way, dragging the rest of me along."
 and for something a bit longer, but no less beautiful
..."Ta Guele (a falcon) appeared again like a lightening bolt, or the abstract idea of a lightening bolt, and stooped on the huge flocks of starlings coming out of the west like swarms of flies, and after a few minutes to flutterings of the starlings was bloodied , scattered and bloodied, and afternoon on the outskirts of Avignon took on a deep red hue, like the colour of sunsets seen from an aeroplane, or the colour of dawns, when the passenger is woken gently by the engines whistling in his ears and lifts up the little blind and sees the horizon marked with a red line, like the planet's femoral artery, or the planet's aorta, gradually swelling, and I saw that swelling blood vessel in the sky over Avignon, the blood-stained flight of the starlings, Ta Guele splashing colour like an abstract expressionist painter, ah, the peace, the harmony of nature...."

Incredible stuff isn't it. Excerpts like those above make me stop to re-read them, just to enjoy the evocative description. I hope that everyone will forgive me for saying this but but... this book is a work of art.


  1. I cannot wait for you to jump into his massive works!

  2. Ha! If I recall correctly there is a sentence or a paragraph in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude that runs for a couple of pages. Would be fun to do a teaser out of that one as well!

    Lovely language in this one though. Will be interested to hear what you think.

  3. Beautiful, both the language and imagery it evokes.

    Mine's here.

  4. I love your teaser. I hope you are enjoying it. I'll be looking forward to your review.

  5. Oh wow, that´s a great teaser! The language is incredible. I need to try some of his works!
    Here´s mine:

  6. Interesting language. THanks for visiting mine

  7. Very flamboyant language indeed, do you sometimes get lost in the wanderings of the narrative?

    here is mine


    cheers from FNQld

  8. I would certainly get lost in the prose (in a good way) Great teasers.

  9. Awesome teasers and you're right about the language!

  10. Great Teaser! "Oscillations of my conscience" so beautifully written!

    My Teaser for Captivate is here.

    Happy reading. :)

    From the Shadows

  11. Not my usual read, but the teaser is good! Might have to check out the book :)
    HERE is my teaser for this week.

  12. It is nice imagery! My teaser is here.

  13. Absolutely awesome! Thanks for sharing...

    Here's mine:


  14. I'm looking forward to reading this one...

    Here's my teaser at Debbie's Book Bag!


  15. I don't believe I would enjoy this book.

    My `teaser` is up

  16. The second excerpt was lovely!

  17. I don't envy you having to pick a teaser out of his sentences... good job! (José Saramago has some even longer ones, if you really want a challenge.... :P )

    My teaser's at http://hampshireflyer.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/teaser-tuesday-16/

  18. Wow - Lots of words packed in a sentence :)

  19. Great teaser! Stop by and check out my teaser at The Wormhole.


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