Art should be its own hammer.
It's a great book. Give it another shot. I liked it better than The Savage Detectives. But thats subjective, of course.
It is sitting on a shelf. I started it twice so far, unable to go on. I have read The Skating Rink and only kind of liked it. Not sure what it is...I'm debating with myself if I should start reading this again. I got past the first chapter, which was really good I must say, but didn’t finish it (yes! because of the length). However, I really fucking liked Los Detectives Salvajes (The Savage Detectives) by Bolaño, so I don’t know.
The Myth of Sisyphus makes a nice contrast to the lyricism of Buk. I mean, Camus is somehow lyrical despite his subject matter, but really, he's kinda dry. But he writes so well that he's engaging for me.