The Skating Rink



Set In The Seaside Town Of Z, On The Costa Brava, North Of Barcelona, The Skating Rink Oscillates Between Two Poles A Camp Ground And A Ruined Mansion, The Palacio Benvingut The Story, Told By Three Male Narrators, Revolves Around A Beautiful Figure Skating Champion, Nuria Mart When She Is Suddenly Dropped From The Olympic Team, A Pompous But Besotted Civil Servant Secretly Builds A Skating Rink In The Ruined Palacio Benvingut, Using Public Funds But Nuria Has Affairs, Provokes Jealousy, And The Skating Rink Becomes A Crime Scene A Mysterious Pair Of Women, An Ex Opera Singer And A Taciturn Girl Often Armed With A Knife, Turn Up As WellA Complex Book, The Skating Rink S Short Chapters Are Skillfully Broken Off With Questions To Maintain The Narrative Tension Who Was Murdered Who Was The Murderer Will The Murderer Be Caught All Of These Questions Are Answered, And Yet The Skating Rink Is Not Fundamentally A Crime Novel, Or Not Exclusively It S Also About Political Corruption, Sex, The Experience Of Immigration, And Frustrated Passion And It S An Atmospheric Chronicle Of One Summer Season In A Seaside Town, With Its Vacationers, Its Drifters, Its Businessmen, Bureaucrats And Social WorkersThe Skating Rink

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  • Hardcover
  • 182 pages
  • The Skating Rink
  • Roberto Bolaño
  • English
  • 27 December 2018
  • 0811217132

10 thoughts on “The Skating Rink

  1. says:

    I think I m rather on the fence about this one Bolano s first novel It is a mix of genres a touch of murder mystery, which is entirely secondary to the plot Throw in obsession, political corruption, immigration, poets, a seaside resort on the Costa Brava, a homeless opera singer, an Olympic skater, a ruined mansion, the influence of Borges, a secret skating rink, a love triangle and lots of individual oddities.The novel is set in a Costa Brava town over a summer season and the narrative is t I think I m rather on the fence about this one Bolano s first novel It is a mix of genres a touch of murder mystery, which is entirely secondary to the plot Throw in obsession, political corruption, immigration, poets, a seaside resort on the Costa Brava, a homeless opera singer, an Olympic skater, a ruined mansion, the influence of Borges, a secret skating rink, a love triangle and lots of individual oddities.The novel is set in a Costa Brava town over a summer season and the narrative is told alternately by three men a Mexican poet, who is an illegal immigrant and works as a night watchman at a camp site a civil servant who embezzles public money to build the skating rink for Nuria Marti, a beautiful skater who has been dropped from the Olympic team and needs somewhere to practice and a Chilean writer who runs a group of jewellery shops Working out who the victim will be is fun working out the murderer muchdifficult and unimportant There are some stunning descriptive passages, but also some oddity and a few passages that, for me, didn t work One of the issues I had was that the narrative voices were a little alike and tended to merge into each other However it is a minor point and the word play is very good the sky appears like a lung dipped in blue paint before going pink like an enlightened butcher.It s a good read, quirky and off the wall a little slight with the narrators too alike, but colourful and interesting.3.5 stars

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    Que no le a una novela del poeta fue un a o Aparte de unas pocas rese as, o fragmentos de biograf a editada con el nombre User Baffo o GseSro sobre la enciclopedia Wikipedia de Italia u de Espa a, el ltimo libro de Roberto Bola o fue Il terzo Reich view spoiler Joder Qu , y cu nto distra do soy, pienso sin darme cuenta Una ma ana de cerca un a o antes iba a una reuni n de trabajo Tomo el autob s, veo una silla vac a y me siento B sicamente tuve que hacer algunas paradas, pero la fatiga Que no le a una novela del poeta fue un a o Aparte de unas pocas rese as, o fragmentos de biograf a editada con el nombre User Baffo o GseSro sobre la enciclopedia Wikipedia de Italia u de Espa a, el ltimo libro de Roberto Bola o fue Il terzo Reich view spoiler Joder Qu , y cu nto distra do soy, pienso sin darme cuenta Una ma ana de cerca un a o antes iba a una reuni n de trabajo Tomo el autob s, veo una silla vac a y me siento B sicamente tuve que hacer algunas paradas, pero la fatiga del trabajador en paro se hace cargo y empieza a pasear en mi mente, eso hasta que me suena el m vil hago algo para tomarlo en manera de contestar, y de aquellos momentos entiendo que me qued dormido en la silla Mientras tantos el autob s hab a llegado a fin camino, en el otro lado de la cuidad de Tur n En esta temporada no estabo calvo, corto que hago de gusto proprio, llevaba la barba larga y el cabello cortado a casco, tipo un chico hippie, o como el cabello de la puta actriz Valentina u Manuela, o como co o se llama la actriz Probablemente, he sido confundido con una persona sin hogar, un sujeto que no sabe d nde ir a dormir Y me dejaron absuelto en la paz de mi sentito Me despierto de repente, por que en mis manos no he tenido ning n movil Adem s me di cuenta que hab a perdido la entrevista de trabajo, qui n sabe, tal vez incluso el trabajo futuro Pero desde entonces esto no era importante ya, porque hab a conseguido bajar del autob s perdiendo tambi n el n mero de tel fono de ellos, nombre de la empresa y la misma calle Sucesivamente, en las alturas del centro de Tur n, no sab a a d nde ir As que hice un paseo, como un rat n que busca refugio Y termin dentro una biblioteca yo no queria leer Es probable que esto d a ni siquiera he tenido gansas de caminar, o ir a la reuni n del trabajo futuro Pero, una vez dentro de la biblioteca, decid ver los libro Hasta que por casualidad encontr Roberto Bola o, fue Il terzo Reich Lo pido como prestamo y me perd con ellos unos d as hide spoiler Este libro La pista de Hielo , a partir de un contexto cr tico merece de seguro un cinco estrellas Sin embargo, como lectura s lo no soy capaz de dar m s de dos u tres estrellas Qui n sabe, a lo mejor no puedo interpretar el libro, o simplemente no me gusta En la versi n escrita se ve el abismo literal con el que Roberto Bola o viv a un abuso de lectura La narrativa est llena de flashbacks Y de acuerdo a un pr logo, en las primeras 60 p ginas yo hab a ya interceptado tres asesinos, cuando para tener una primera lectura con herida de arma blanca en la espalda tuvo que acceder a la p gina sesenta y seis S lo despu s tuve la impresi n de estar viendo una imagen de un cuadro, que por el poeta se puede traducir como algo constante en su mente es decir un obsesi n El poeta chileno se encuentra inmerso en la escritura, llena de detalles, y con frecuencia se pierde en las mismas circunstancias Pero eso es parte del abismo literal de Roberto Bola o Muy suavemente toca temas que van desde la simple tienda a la pol tica, pero tambi n toca facetas de miseria, o momentos de placer como por ejemplo los 30 cm del pene con el que hizo a su esposa Sin dudas este segundo libro del escritor no fue unos de los mejores Es escrito en manera muy antigua, y a sido desconocido por muchos a os Probablemente, desde el a o 2015, seg n la visi n de la directora de cine Valeria Sarmiento con el actor chileno Benjam n Vicu a tal vez La pista de Hielo ser una pel cula.El texto est disponible bajo la Licencia Creative Commons Atribuci n Compartir Igual 3.0 pueden aplicarse cl usulas adicionales

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    An odd little book, but the flavour is distinctively Bola o The plot which is quite intricate for a novel of this length is told from a narrative viewpoint that rotates between three characters This device is interesting as it illuminates the characters and events from different perspectives, but it is not entirely successful Sometimes it has the effect of getting in the way, of clouding and over complicating the story The voices are difficult to differentiate initially, but one gets the h An odd little book, but the flavour is distinctively Bola o The plot which is quite intricate for a novel of this length is told from a narrative viewpoint that rotates between three characters This device is interesting as it illuminates the characters and events from different perspectives, but it is not entirely successful Sometimes it has the effect of getting in the way, of clouding and over complicating the story The voices are difficult to differentiate initially, but one gets the hang of it before long What carries the novel is Bola o s dark tone, with its seedy undercurrent, and the compelling draw of inevitable violence The Skating Rink is a solid and ambitious first novel, though there is nothing groundbreaking here

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    That s Right It s five star time If this rating were a rap song it would be telling you to Pop Champagne and fill your cup with Patron Then the Auto Tune would begin But since it is a review on an internet book site, it is coming at you in five little orange stars, which, according to Good Reads mean It was amazing I have to admit I feel a little bad giving this short near perfect work the five star treatment when I did not grace Bolano s masterwork 2666 with such a full constellation of p That s Right It s five star time If this rating were a rap song it would be telling you to Pop Champagne and fill your cup with Patron Then the Auto Tune would begin But since it is a review on an internet book site, it is coming at you in five little orange stars, which, according to Good Reads mean It was amazing I have to admit I feel a little bad giving this short near perfect work the five star treatment when I did not grace Bolano s masterwork 2666 with such a full constellation of praise Maybe I m guilty of loving the perfect exercises of an author instead of their giant sprawling attempts at cramming all of life into one novel Yes, the former isambitious but at what cost At what cost I don t feel so bad about saying that this is by a large margin my favorite of Bolano s works First of all, the main narrative thread is amazing An assistant to the mayor of a Spanish town becomes obsessed with an ice skater who has been kicked off the national team so he uses government money to build her a rink in the ruins of a broken down palace Genius Then toss in three competing narrators, all with their own angles on the story, and all equally fascinating Add a murder mystery with a genuinely surprising set of twists and turns Andhow about an opera singing vagrant named Carmen Despite the narrator pyrotechnics, this is actually the most reigned in I ve ever seen Bolano Sure there are the usual diversions about sex, pop culture, and poetry But they are relevant to the story mostly and do a lot of work to keep some thematic cohesion going I think the firmer set of boundaries that comes with this semi foray into detective fiction makes him a better storyteller The short chapters keep him honest, making Bolano choose his moments of meditation carefully in a fast paced what happens next kind of book Overall, I can t say with authority that his is finest work can I It is simply my favorite But especially for newcomers to his stuff, this would be an ideal starting point Then you can move on to hundreds of pages of clinically described murders in the Mexican desert Pop Champagne

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    Ten a ganas de leer a Bola o desde hace tiempo Lo l gico hubiera sido empezar por su novela m s famosa Los Detectives Salvajes , pero quer a acercarme a l desde algo m s modesto, para as conocerlo un poco cuando llegara a Los Detectives que estoy segura, ahora mucho m s, de que me gustar.Pista de hielo no es pretenciosa, no tiene aires de grandeza, y puede que por eso me haya gustado tanto Intentar hacer la rese a sin hacer spoilers como siempre , pero la voy a hacer de manera bastante Ten a ganas de leer a Bola o desde hace tiempo Lo l gico hubiera sido empezar por su novela m s famosa Los Detectives Salvajes , pero quer a acercarme a l desde algo m s modesto, para as conocerlo un poco cuando llegara a Los Detectives que estoy segura, ahora mucho m s, de que me gustar.Pista de hielo no es pretenciosa, no tiene aires de grandeza, y puede que por eso me haya gustado tanto Intentar hacer la rese a sin hacer spoilers como siempre , pero la voy a hacer de manera bastante subjetiva tambi n como siempre Es una narraci n de un espacio de tiempo en las vidas de un grupo de personas que viven algunos intentando sobrevivir en un pueblo costero de Catalu a Est contada desde el punto de vista de 3 de los personajes principales Remo chileno afincado en Espa a, que construye su negocio desde la nada, es divorciado, y algo rom ntico, es esa clase de persona que le da a la gente lo que la gente necesita a cada momento Por ello, igual puede ser terriblemente comunicativo, que ser un espectador silencioso Me gusta Remo Gaspar mejicano, es el t pico bonach n que de ser tan bueno, es un poco tonto Est de manera ilegal en Espa a, pero tiene trabajo, es cuidador nocturno en un camping Se conforma con poco, y vive intentando atesorar momentos felices Me cae bien Gaspar Enric catal n, funcionario, ego sta, bastante cobarde, de los que s lo hacen caso a las personas cuando le puede traer alg n beneficio, o cuando se han encari ado de manera obsesiva con alguien Es el que tira la piedra y esconde la mano, esperando que todo vaya a salirle bien, sin que le cueste demasiado esfuerzo Desprecio a Enric.Remo, Gaspar y Enric se conocen, la relaci n que les une se va desentra ando en la novela Al leerla, tienes la sensaci n todo el rato de que algo chungo est por pasar, y ese suspense es lo que me ha tenido enganchada Si sucede algo o no, lo voy a dejar sin desvelar Me ha encantado la manera de escribir de Bola o, y estoy deseando leer algo m s de l Tiene una manera muy peculiar de describir personajes Y es magistral c mo, con pocas l neas, te deja muy claro el tipo de relaci n que tienen sus personajes entre s.He de decir que me hubiera gustado darle entre 3 y 4 estrellas, pero eso no es posible, y se queda con 3

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    One of the New Directions series that came out this year, The Skating Rink is a brief, intense, and very memorable novel from Bolano It could have been one of the many branching stories that populate 2666, it even shares some themes, and even scenes, with that monster of a book It is a story of murder, obsession, small time political corruption, the immigrant experience in Spain, and because it is Bolano , madness, sex, violence, ghosts, poets who are detectives, society s dropouts, nightmare One of the New Directions series that came out this year, The Skating Rink is a brief, intense, and very memorable novel from Bolano It could have been one of the many branching stories that populate 2666, it even shares some themes, and even scenes, with that monster of a book It is a story of murder, obsession, small time political corruption, the immigrant experience in Spain, and because it is Bolano , madness, sex, violence, ghosts, poets who are detectives, society s dropouts, nightmares, and fragmented, multiple perspective narration The story unfolds over one summer in the coastal town of Z, focusing on three main narrators, who tell the story of the central murder through the lens of their own experiences and prejudices All the characters feel real and fully drawn, and as is always the case with Bolano, the prose is brilliant, unsettling, dream like, and really sticks with you after you have closed the pages of the book Bolano is my current favorite contemporary author if it is proper to refer to a dead person as contemporary and The Skating Rink issure proof of his talent

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    I d been debating whether or not to try any of Bola o s shorter stuff i.e anything not Savage Detectives or 2666 , and I m glad I did The murder mystery aspect is pretty underwhelming, but as far as I m concerned Bola o s real gift was always describing multiple characters from ensemble points of view, if that makes sense Like in The Savage Detectives, he spent 300 pages or so having approximately eight characters describe their interactions with Ulises Lima and Arturo Belano In The Skating I d been debating whether or not to try any of Bola o s shorter stuff i.e anything not Savage Detectives or 2666 , and I m glad I did The murder mystery aspect is pretty underwhelming, but as far as I m concerned Bola o s real gift was always describing multiple characters from ensemble points of view, if that makes sense Like in The Savage Detectives, he spent 300 pages or so having approximately eight characters describe their interactions with Ulises Lima and Arturo Belano In The Skating Rink, he increases the dimension and diminishes the scope, taking three characters as the teaser says, a corrupt and pompous civil servant, a beleaguered romantic poet, and a duplicitous local entrepreneur anduhone thing leads to another, in typical Bola o style I m sure I don t need to spell it out If you ve read and liked Bola o, read this and you ll probably like it If you haven t, this probably isn t an ideal starting point

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    Read this in way too many sittings, sort of failed it I think, since it s dense and narrated by three not so distinct voices, like a polyphonic warmup for the Savage Detectives someone on here said something similar The rink itself, constructed inside a ruined palace, is a beautiful image of obsession The blades of a skate are a lethal weapon, you know The voice of Enriq, the fat civil servant lover of the skater, I loved, but not so much the other two Read it distractedly thanks to wailin Read this in way too many sittings, sort of failed it I think, since it s dense and narrated by three not so distinct voices, like a polyphonic warmup for the Savage Detectives someone on here said something similar The rink itself, constructed inside a ruined palace, is a beautiful image of obsession The blades of a skate are a lethal weapon, you know The voice of Enriq, the fat civil servant lover of the skater, I loved, but not so much the other two Read it distractedly thanks to wailing baby and sleep deprivation Will try to read again someday since it feels like it s maybe better than it seemed to me some characters and relations and scenes may have been smeared Seemed like an evolution toward 2666 s clarity from Antwerp s confounded cubistic crime prose poem Also seemed like the story The Beach derives from this maybe it s a deleted bit in Remo s voice Same tone, same length as the average chapter

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