Amulet is the first person narrative of a woman from Uruguay who lives in Mexico City. She refers to herself as the "mother of Mexican poetry" due to her heavy involvement on several levels with many young Mexican poets. As portrayed in the monologue of the narrator, the lives of the poets fit the stereotypes of chaos and turmoil. The narrator nurtures the poets, sleeps with some of them and revels in the street life of Mexico City. Many of the poets are very young, in their late teens to early twenties. There are lots of Latin American literary references that go over my head and no doubt there is a great mixture of the real with the created. Bolano was great at making up whole literatures that might have been. The woman perceptions range from deluded to deeply insightful.
There is great depth in this work and many ways to ponder the monologue of the narrator. In reading Bolano I would say first read Savage Detectives then dive into the massive 2666. I believe at least 2666 will become a classic. In time I hope to read much more of his work.
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