My Struggle, Book Three: Boyhood

By Karl Ove Knausgaard
A family of four--mother, father and two boys--move to the South Coast of Norway to a new house on a newly developed site. It is the early 1970s and the family's trajectory, upwardly mobile: the future seems limitless. In painstaking, sometimes self-lacerating detail, Knausgaard paints a world familiar to anyone who can recall the intensity and novelty of childhood experience, one in which children and adults lead parallel lives that never meet. Perhaps the most Proustian in the series, Book Three gives us Knausgaard's vivid, technicolor recollections of childhood, his emerging self-understanding, and the multilayered nature of time's passing, memory, and existence.
"Of course, I remember nothing from this time. It is completely impossible to identify with the infant my parents photographed; this is in fact so difficult it almost seems wrong to use the word 'I' when referring to it, lying in the baby bath, for instance, its skin unnaturally red, its arms and legs sprawling, and its face distorted in a scream no one remembers the reason for anymore ... Is that creature the same as the one sitting here in Malmo, writing this?"
--from Book Three of "My Struggle"
More praise for Book Three:
"A superbly told childhood story ... Knausgaard writes about everyday life as a child with a flow and continuity that all hangs together ... the text has a gravitational pull that draws the reader in only further." --"Dag Og Tid" (Norway)
"An aesthetic pleasure ... A patient, chiseled, and intense portrayal of a child's sensory experience. Book Three is a classic." --"Klassekampen" (Norway)
"Compelling reading ... Knausgaard has an equally good eye for small and large events." --"Aftenposten" (Norway)
"A gripping novel ... This childhood portrayal drifts off with a lightness and sensitivity that not many will associate with him ... There is no doubt that the series is worth following the author all the way." --"Dagens Naeringsliv" (Norway)
"The man can write a novel about a solid, pretty traditional upbringing too ... A sensitive, sharp depiction of growing up in the 70's." --"Adresseavisen" (Norway)"

"Halfway through, this (six-volume) series is starting to look like an early-21st-century masterpiece." -- "Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) "What's notable is Karl Ove's ability, rare these days, to be fully present in and mindful of his own existence. Every detail is put down without apparent vanity or decoration, as if the writing and the living are happening simultaneously. There shouldn't be anything remarkable about any of it except for the fact that it immerses you totally. You live his life with him. . . . The overweening absurdity of Ove's title is a bad joke that keeps coming back to you as you try to construct a life worthy of an adult. How to be more present, more mindful? Of ourselves, of others? "For "others?" -- Zadie Smith, "The New York Review of Books" "The book investigates the bottomless accumulation of mysteries everyday life imposes. . . Knausgaard's approach is plain and scrupulous, sometimes casual, yet he never writes down. His subject is the beauty and terror of the fact that all life coexists with itself. A living hero who landed on greatness by abandoning every typical literary feint, an emperor whose nakedness surpasses royal finery." -- Jonathan Lethem, "The Guardian" "Both Knausgaard's Proustian style and the fact that his work is one long book stretched out into many volumes, just like "In Search of Lost Time," should signal that it's a literary event the likes of which we probably will not see again in our lifetimes. . . . Unlike almost every other work of art released in the 21st century, Knausgaard's massive book is an ongoing cultural event that we're being afforded the opportunity to savor." -- Jason Diamond, "Flavorwire"

..".reading "My Struggle," you have the sense that Knausgaard has made a wonderful discovery, an almost scientific innovation. "My Struggle" is something new, something brave..." -- n + 1 "KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD. MY STRUGGLE. It's unbelievable. I just read 200 pages of it andf



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Publisher Archipelago Books
Publish date 05/27/2014
Pages 427
ISBN-13 9781935744863
ISBN-10 1935744860
Language English

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