One of Barry's six favorite books, as shared with The Week magazine:
2666 by Roberto BolañoRead about another entry on the list.
Just when we thought the novel had no place left to go, here came this splintered masterpiece, a paranoid odyssey told in 900 writhing pages filled with a new, rich, glamorous prose. Bolaño, who died a year before the book's 2004 publication, was a great, maverick, maniacal talent. We'll be considering his influence for generations.
2666 appears on Alex Clark's top ten list of long reads and Gillian Orr's reading list of top unfinished novels; it was #1 in one tabulation of the critics' consensus book of the year for 2008.