jordan wrote:I think a lot of the characters in 2666 aren't MacGuffins (I'd never thought of a character as a MacGuffin before, but it sort of makes sense in Savage Detectives) so much as red herrings, at least in part IV. He toys with all of these characters that in a movie or another type of book would be saviors -- the loner cop who's teaching himself criminology, the FBI expert profiler, the obsessive reporter who starts getting tips, etc. Even the weirdly charismatic serial killer suspect. But it's not that kind of story, obv...after awhile I sort of realized that he's not even looking for answers so much as circling around this sense of horror/death/emptiness (in all the sections, not just the Santa Theresa story).
The ubiquity of good reviews doesn't bother me at all, but it's kinda weird how most of those only talk about part IV. I'd agree that it's the thematic core of the book, but parts I and V were my favorites by far. And I almost couldn't believe how unifying and satisfying the ending was.
A few points...
1. OK, you're right, "red herring" really is a better description.
2. Yeah, to me it really seems to be about A) emptiness and B) dread. It reminds me of my favorite David Lynch movies (and it really cracked me up when he brings up Lynch) in that it's just so filled with dread - I don't think I've ever read a book with such a heavy dread-sense before.
3. Part I was definitely my least favorite part - I think Part III (with the crazy, crazy night out) was my favorite, as I found it the most relatable.
4. Alright, I'm going to finish soon - I'll let you know if I get mad satisfaction from the ending. I can't possibly imagine how this book is going to "wrap up" right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!