Review: The Romantic Dogs – Roberto Bolaño

The other strong point is Bolaño’s ability to embrace perspective. Most of the poems are told in t…more I don’t speak or read Spanish, so some of the poems in this collection may not have come through as well in translation. That being said, what I enjoyed about this collection is the dreamy quality of the poems. It was as if they took place in the fevered thoughts of a sick man. Places and people appear, fade, and re-appear jumbled together as if trying to make sense of some moment.

The other strong point is Bolaño’s ability to embrace perspective. Most of the poems are told in the first person, but not necessarily from Bolaño’s perspective. He embodies a voice and the reader comes to understand the narrator.

I’ve been reading this on and off while reading the Savage Detectives. The two complement each other and parts of the poems have turned up in that novel.

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