My Struggle

My Struggle

Book 1

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Almost ten years have passed since Karl Ove Knausgaard's father drank himself to death. Vulnerable and assailed by doubts, he is now embarking on a new novel. With an uncanny eye for detail, Knausgaard breaks down his own life story to its elementary particles, reliving memories, reopening wounds, and examining with candor the turbulence and the epiphanies that emerge from his own experience of fatherhood, the fallout in the wake of his father's death, and his visceral connection to music, art, and literature. Karl Ove's dilemmas strike nerves that give us raw glimpses of our particular moment in history as we witness what happens to the sensitive and churning mind of a young man trying- as if his very life depended on it- to find his place in the disjointed world around him. This Proustian masterpiece opens a window into one of the most original minds writing today.

Intense and vital... The need for totality . . . brings superb, lingering, celestial passages . . .
The concluding sentences of the book [are] placid, plain, achieved. They have what Walter Benjamin called 'the epic side of truth, wisdom.' --James Wood, The New Yorker

"While not unconcerned with finding objective truth in the moments he recounts, Mr. Knausgaard aims first to simply record them, to try to shape the banal into something worth remembering. Beautifully rendered and, at times, painfully observant, his book does a superlative job of finding that "inner core of human existence." --The Wall Street Journal

Steadily absorbing, lit up by pages of startling insight and harrowing honesty, My Struggle introduces into world literature a singular character and immerses us in his fascinating Underground Man consciousness. -- Philip Lopate

Karl Ove--with his shyness, his passion, his honesty--can take on any subject and make it his own. -- Edmund White

I read both books [One and Two] hungrily and find myself already missing Knausgaard just a few days after turning A Man in Love's last page, searching the Web for inexpensive crash courses in Norwegian, mostly just wishing Volume Three were available in English now. --Jonathan Callahan, The Millions

Knausgaard's preternatural facility for description, the dreamy thickness of his prose, speaks not only to the sheer pleasure his fiction affords, but to the philosophical stakes of that pleasure. -- Mark Sussman, Los Angeles Review of Books

Baker & Taylor
An autobiographical novel traces the experiences of a young man trying to find his place in the disjointed world that surrounds him.

Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Archipelago Books, 2014
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780914671008
9780374534141
0374534144
Branch Call Number: Fiction Knausgaard
Characteristics: 430 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don
Alternative Title: Min kamp. 1. English

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"Written by an author born in the same year as you."


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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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