My Struggle

My Struggle

Book Three, Boyhood

Book - 2014 | First Archipelago Books edition.
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"A portrait of the artist as a young boy. On the heels of Book One and Two of the internationally celebrated autobiographical novel series My Struggle, Book Three finds us in the sensuous realm of Karl Ove's childhood. 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's the early 1970s and the family's trajectory: upwardly mobile. The future seems limitless. We follow Karl Ove through bicycle expeditions, tense swim meets and locker rooms, girls, football pyromaniac pranks, and rock music in what seem like a traditional, if brutal, coming-of-age novel. In painstaking, sometimes self-lacerating detail, Knausgaard paints a world familiar to anyone who can recall the intensity and singularity 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, all formed by the fear of his controlling, unpredictable, and omnipresent father"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Archipelago Books, 2014.
Edition: First Archipelago Books edition.
ISBN: 9781935744863
1935744860
Branch Call Number: FIC KNAUSGA
Characteristics: 427 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don - Translator
Alternative Title: My struggle. Book 3, Boyhood

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LMcShaneCLE Oct 23, 2015

This is my favorite Karl Ove volume - so far. I wish that teens today might read it to gain the insight Karl Ove provides in retrospective. His writing is so fresh and vivid - readers will be especially captivated by this volume of his life. The pain of living with a difficult father and a spaced-out mom. So many moments.

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