Characters come and go and maybe they're up to some nefarious purposes and maybe they're not.
Although the book is filled with some quality descriptions and writing, the plot was hazy and I found i didn't really care about any of the characters.
In short, this is not the best of Bolaño. That is not to say the book lacks felicities apt to please a new reader.
Some years ago, in either 1981 or 1982, Roberto Bolano wrote a novel called The Elephant Path and entered it for the Felix Urubayen prize for a short novel, awarded by the Toledo... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Erin Britton
This book will be most attracting to readers who have tackled and enjoyed Bolaño's mature novels, especially the mountainous "2666" and "The Savage Detectives" -- readers... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Michael J. Ettner
I had never heard of this author, but the references to Borges and Poe piqued my interest. This is really a short novella, set in Paris in 1938. Read morePublished 22 months ago by adorian
As a long-time Bolano fan, I might seem a biased. When measured up against 2666 or Savage Detectives, it doesn't quite hit such legendary status. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Vincenzo Bilof
This is a novella that plays around with coincidence and accidental synchronicity. Bolano is intrigued by the way the lives of people from different spheres cross over and... Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by Jacob King
This is among Bolano's first novels and possibly one of his most confusing. The basic plot is this, Pierre Pain is a poet and a Mesmerist that has been called to treat the husband... Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by Brooks Williams
After my AP English teacher told us about how Bolano is a fantastic and highly appraised author, I was excited to read this book. I'm sorry to say i was disappointed. Read morePublished on February 23, 2011 by Colleen
A small book and worthy of your time. If you have not read Bolano you should. If you have read Bolano you should read Monsieur Pain. Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by sculler
3.5 out of 5: Set in Paris in 1938, Monsieur Pain is the first-person account of a series of strange events in the life of a practitioner of animal magnetism (a mesmerist). Read morePublished on July 1, 2010 by G. Dawson