My Struggle

My Struggle

[Book One]

Book - 2012 | 1st Archipelago Books ed.
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Winner of the 2009 Brage Prize, the 2010 Book of the Year Prize in Morgenbladet , the 2010 P2 Listeners' Prize, and the 2004 Norwegian Critics' Prize and nominated for the 2010 Nordic Council Literary Prize.

"No one in his generation equals Knausgaard."-- Dagens Næringsliv

"A tremendous piece of literature."-- Politiken (Denmark)

To the heart, life is simple: it beats for as long as it can. Then it stops. Sooner or later, one day or another, this thumping motion shuts down of its own accord. . . . The changes of these first hours happen so slowly and are performed with such an inevitability that there is almost a touch of ritual about them, as if life capitulates according to set rules, a kind of gentleman's agreement.

Almost ten years have passed since Karl O. Knausgaard's father drank himself to death. He is now embarking on his third novel while haunted by self-doubt. Knausgaard breaks his own life story down to its elementary particles, often recreating memories in real time, blending recollections of images and conversation with profound questions in a remarkable way. Knausgaard probes into his past, dissecting struggles--great and small--with great candor and vitality. Articulating universal dilemmas, this Proustian masterpiece opens a window into one of the most original minds writing today.

Karl O. Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968. His debut novel Out of This World won the Norwegian Critics' Prize and his A Time for Everything was nominated for the Nordic Council Prize.


Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Archipelago Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Archipelago Books ed.
ISBN: 9781935744184
1935744186
9780374534141
9780914671008
Branch Call Number: FIC KNAUSGA
Characteristics: 430 p. ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don
Alternative Title: My struggle. Book 1

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JCLMattC Sep 14, 2017

This second installment of Karl Ove Knausgard’s "My Struggle" series picks up where the first volume left off. Sort of. Many of the themes touched on in Book 1 carry over into Book 2, but a new light shines on the protagonist. Karl Ove is in love and he is in Sweden. He fights for the solitude he needs in order to write in the face of the immense responsibility of raising a child with his girlfriend.

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cmlnetatshawdotca
Jun 02, 2017

The first few pages is about death and the last few pages is about the same subject. This book however is about life - in too much detail that you worry whether it is worth to read and to know. The author use his own name as the main character and from what I read, use the real names of his family and friends. It is voyeurism into the life of the author in 3000-4000 pages, if have the patient to read all Karl Ove Khanusgard Min Kamp series. Honestly I do not read all the sentences he wrote but skimmed and skipped some. If finish the first book and plan to read his 2nd book, and stop after that. This book is well written and honest but it might overwhelm you

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lukasevansherman
Jan 31, 2017

"Holding on to all the happiness, all the beauty, all the future that resides in everything."
Even the adventurous reader can be justly intimated by the Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard's 6-volume autobiographical novel "My Struggle." It runs thousands of pages, for one thing. It's called "My Struggle" (the more Hilterian sounding "Min Kamp" in Norwegian), it's basically just the life of this one guy, and, also, how do I pronounce his name? I started Proust about a year ago and asked myself, "Do I really need another incredibly long, multi-volume novel in my life?" "My Struggle," like Ferante's Neapolitan Novels, are an immersive reading experience for the digital age. Both demand concentration and attention, which is a valuable service. You might find him narcissistic and self-absorbed (The whole series is about his life.), but somehow he transforms the mundane details and common experiences of life into something lyrical, compelling, and poignant. The material, from common of age experiences to sex to the death of his father, is not new at all, but that seems to be part of his point: you don't have to look outside of your own life to find stories and experiences that others will find meaningful.

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/what-is-the-struggle-in-my-struggle

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lb9034367
Dec 21, 2016

I tried reading this book but it really didn't hold my attention. There is a lot of 'filler' text and rambling on to skip over and sift through. I was only able to push through about 100 pages.

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maipenrai
Nov 11, 2016

A Man In Love (2013)
(The second book in the My Struggle series

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maipenrai
Nov 11, 2016

A Death in the Family (2012)
(The first book in the My Struggle series)

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briandaniel
Jan 07, 2016

I found this book very compelling. I enjoyed Knausgaard's honesty and openness. Also, the writing is clear and very readable. I enjoy difficult literature, but I enjoy this in-depth investigation of one's life as well. I recommend supplementing your reading with author interviews that can easily be found on YouTube.

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sonoraanne
Jul 08, 2015

Read only 50 pages. Character/narrator not particularly sympathetic character and sticking with this guy for 3600 pages across 6 books was unrealistic for me, despite his readable prose.

LMcShaneCLE Jul 03, 2015

This book is contemplative and a bit of Scandinavian Existentialism - but there are also moments that resonate such as the description of feeling alive at age 16 - see page 165. And, despite the gloomy tone of the remembrance, there are passages that will make you laugh out loud. A great beach read - believe it or not.

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murray4
May 14, 2015

See my comment on Book Two of this series.

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