After breezing through the first hundred pages of 2666, I had the feeling that I'd finish the book in a week. I read By Night in Chile in a single sitting, Amulet in two, and Distant Star in perhaps three at most, so by extrapolating out, a week seemed perfectly reasonable. 2666 turned out to be a much slower read than I anticipated. I think, probably, if it was like a 1,000-page version of By Night in Chile, I would have read the book in a week; but I'm not even sure what I just wrote makes sense. I'm not...