Karl Ove Knausgaard writes about his childhood and teenage years, his infatuation with rock music, his relationship with his loving yet almost invisible mother and his distant and unpredictable father and his bewilderment and grief on his father's death.
When Karl Ove becomes a father himself, he must balance the demands of caring for a young family with his determination to write great literature. Knausgaard has created a universal story of the struggles, great and small, that we all face in our lives.
©2009 Karl Ove Knausgaard, Translation: 2012 Don Bartlett (P)2014 Recorded Books Inc
"It's unbelievable.... It's completely blown my mind." (Zadie Smith)
"A scorchingly honest, unflinchingly frank, hyperreal memoir of the life of one man and his family." (Guardian)
This is a wonderful book because it is so frank and honest. It talks of death and highly complex family relationships. Some of the small family dramas are domestic horrors - the plight of grandma, and the uncertainty as to what actually happened to Karl Ove's father. The complex relationship between the brothers, and the pains of growing up are also beautifully written. I liked the narration, the voice was dry which fitted well with the prose, You get a real sense of the Norwegian landscape from Knausgaard's descriptions, which was a refreshing take on small town life. I really enjoyed all the philosophical musings on life (deaf), sometimes it's hard to catch them all when you are just listening, occasionally I wished I could go back and actually read some of the more complex propositions. Its odd to say that you really enjoyed this kind of a book, but yes, I did. If you're looking for dry, dour and intelligent observations on life/death, then Knausgaard is your man.
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