The Skating Rink Reviews
"Bolaños strategy works magnificently to de-center the reader and push her toward the search, but the belated nature of much of the story means that The Skating Rink can seem a little diffuse on the first reading. True, the fog is purposeful, and true again, there is something very rewarding to seeing this book take on a second skin as few books can upon re-reading, but there is something to be said for a books first impression, and in The Skating Rink that first impression is often one of effervescence. Its hard to fault Bolaño, because all the information is indeed right there, and yet the book is so constructed that I cannot imagine the reader who would get it all on the first pass." - The Quarterly Conversation
"Each chapter of Roberto Bolaño's The Skating Rink ends in an ellipsis, a brief gap in the proceedings that allows the reader a moment to consider the key question at the heart of this short, lively novel: Where does one's perception of events intersect with the way things actually happened?" - San Francisco Chronicle
"Bolaño's humble fiction doesnt pretend to know all, or any, of the answers. His elliptical modus operandi can be tantalizing, and at times almost unbearable. The more you read him, however, the more you come to savor the welts and infelicities, the gaping narrative holes and peculiar detours: you realise that Bolaño is turning you into a new kind of reader." - The National (Abu-Dhabi)
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