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Min kamp 3 (Min kamp #3)

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MIN KAMP 3 er en roman om barndom. En familie på fire, mor, far og to drenge flytter til et hus i et nybygget villakvarter på Sørlandet. Det er i starten af 1970?erne, børnene er små, forældrene er unge og fremtiden ligger åben for dem. Men på et eller andet tidspunkt begynder den at lukke sig, og tingene ændrer karakter. Hvem eller hvad er det, der ændrer sig? MIN KAMP 3...more
Hardcover, 479 pages
Published 2011 by Lindhardt Og Ringhof (first published 2008)
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Having now reached the halfway point in this controversial novel, I can't resist the temptation to speculate a little on the subject of what it's actually about. Contrary to what some people think, it is clearly about something: it's not a blog, or 3500 pages of free association. There's a definite structure, even if it is oddly difficult to say just what that structure is.

Fortunately, most novelists who try their hand at something this long feel that they need to give you a clue every now and t...more
Eddie Watkins
I am grateful that I mistrust my own opinions. Even with the first two volumes of My Struggle under my belt, I would have quickly abandoned volume three if I trusted my first impressions. Not that three is fundamentally different than one and two, but Knausgaard’s prose in these books is simply like nothing else I read, and as it had been a while since I read him I reacted too quickly to his difference without allowing my reading self to settle into it. His prose can read as flat and uninspired,...more

Select sentences from my ~2K-word review at the Philadelphia Review of Books:

Move over robins, tulips, pastels, and jelly beans, the appearance of a fresh "My Struggle" now marks the coming of spring.

Book Two seems to me an absolute masterpiece. The current Book Three, “Boyhood,” is the prequel to Book One, and it too is masterly, albeit quieter than Book Two.

At times it felt like an erotic novel in which climaxes are replaced by tears.

Like a magic trick that astounds thanks to lack of gimmic...more
"In many ways the third volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard's fiercely-debated memoir is the smallest – in both its scope and in its physical size – and the most banal thus far. For a sequence of works which appear to be singlehandedly redefining the quality and value attached to banality in literature this no small feat. This section of the monumental work, published in the UK as Boyhood Island, focuses on Knausgaard’s life as a small child: his first experiences at school, his trips to the remote fa...more
I have read book 1 and book 2. I am waiting for 3. Addicted. They say Norway is experiencing a spike in tourism due to the Frozen movie. Really? I want to take the Knausgaard tour with a 'Lillehammer' chaser. And poor Sweden. It sounds like Toronto with better scenery.
This is truly a painful read in the best possible way. At first I admired the author's remarkable memory - he is, as ever, a joy to read no matter to what length and detail he goes to tell us about the most boring aspects of everyday life. Then I realised why he has got such a memory. His constant fear of his father, as foretold in the first volume, was omnipresent, a couple of times made explicit by the author himself, but mostly heart-grippingly painted with everything out of order a normal li...more
Adam Dalva
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy - will fill in with more details at publication. This is a far more linear experience (there are only two contemporary interjections) than the first two volumes, and the structure is more conventional. This, I think, is because we are dealing here with early childhood, and there is a great amount of generalization associated with that time. The feeling of that age is echoed in the writing, which takes on a different tenor here (abrupt sentences, heighte...more
Perhaps the best depiction of childhood I have ever read (the second best being anything by Tarjei Vesaas--coincidence?). Knausgaard has a magical ability to evoke his own experience in a way that reads so incredibly real that it's shocking. And amazing. And usually stabs me so I'm bleeding all over the place. This time, though, I'm only trickling. I think it has to do with the content; his adult and teenage struggles were much more painful and pertinent to my own life. Still, he is able to pres...more
Like many other readers, I found Book Three of My Struggle to be a step down from Books One and Two. Still, when you're on that high a plain, "step down" still leaves you close to the summit. Karl Ove's writing remains pedestrianly fascinating, as they never say, as he drags you through his mundane childhood days and you willingly go along, curious about what will happen next.

Plot? Not much. It's more a quotidian log of growing up in Norway. Karl Ove's father is fleshed out a bit more, and seein...more
Åhh, hvilken fantastisk bog. At få indblik i en forfatterens barndom på den måde er en gave af de helt store. Og hvor er drenge forskellige fra piger og samtidig helt ens. Jeg kan genkende alle følelserne og de indre konflikter. Whau, siger jeg bare :)
Je kan dingen herinneren. En je kan dingen vergeten. Wat men zich herinnert en wat men is vergeten is niet altijd duidelijk. Soms denkt men zich te herinneren wat men eigenlijk niet weet, en soms weet men nog wat men liever wilde vergeten.

Je zou denken dat dit boek net daarover gaat. Wat men zich herinnert, en wat men wilde vergeten. En welke herinnering zich is gaan nestelen op de plek van wat men is vergeten.

Maar hoe meer je leest en hoe langer je verdwijnt in de herinneringen die zijn besch...more
Midway through Boyhood--book three of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle--a young Karl Ove earns himself a dose of comeuppance after emphatically pointing out that a classmate cannot read. “But it’s true,” he retorts, not understanding why voicing something that everyone is already aware of could be the source of conflict. In the end, it’s Karl Ove who’s in tears, trying to understand why it is that some truths are stones better left unturned. This episode is an interesting choice for inclusion o...more
Cuando leí el segundo libro de la serie de Karl Ove, me quedé con una sensación medio rara. Sentía que era demasiada intimidad con el, con su vida cotidiana, sus problemas, y con las tonterías banales que nos suceden a todos, pero que contadas por el te acaban gustando.

Me di cuenta unos días después de haberlo terminado, que seguía pensando en el, en sus tonterías, en lo bonito que escribe, en fin, que lo extrañaba. Así que decidí intentar el tercero de la serie. Lo tuve que leer en inglés, por...more
Ingegerd Blomberg-nilsson
The best of the three first books in Knausgårds 6 books in "Min Kamp" so far. Looking forward to the other three.
De Nederlandstalige versie van deze reeks is mooi vormgegeven, met voor elk deel een felgekleurde kaft met de steevast eenwoordige titel in grote letters erop. Het omslag van Zoon is okergeel, en op de een of andere manier past dat wel bij de inhoud; als het gelige zweem over de fletse kleuren van een jarenzeventigpolaroid.
In dit deel, een mooi coming-of-ageverhaal, volgen we Knausgård van peuter tot prepuber. De sfeer is weer prettig melancholiek, zoals we van deze schrijver gewend zijn. Dit ke...more
This one is quite different from the others. Less philosophical, less the older Karl Ove looking back. This is more the memories of a child, encountering life for the first time. The young Karl Ove is often a pain – he spends a lot of time sobbing. But we also see the roots of his relationship with his father. A quote from memory: “I hated him in the way you can only hate your father”. We can see the roots of his father’s destruction. I miss the ruminations of the first two novels but it’s a fas...more
Richard Blackwell
Why does Goodreads only have book 3 listed? (Reading book 1, death in the family, and really liking it...if anyone cares to know/is looking for something new to read)
Jeanette (jema)
The author as a young pup. Years from 1-15 in a family where the father is like the cold dark shadow. The house is filled with rules, the boys even in the teens are not even allowed to turn on the radio or TV, prepare any kind of food, can never have friends come inside etc.

Knausgård is really good in capturing the feelings of being in the moment, the little everyday sounds and interactions and the long times we spend up dreading things that are over in an instant.

4½ stars.

Jeff Bursey
This is Knausgaard continuing his self-laceration, aiming at the boastful and insecure child he was, while providing a more rounded picture of his brutal father, his somewhat ineffectual mother, and the come and go support of his brother, and his friends. There is no plot (that's a plus), we are along for a ride to somewhere, and the prose is less extravagant than that found in books 1 and 2, which suits the young Karl Ove, who we follow from age seven to 13. In no way does book 3 suffer from mi...more
Kelly Daniels
Since I finished book three a few days ago I've felt a certain emptiness where that seemingly endless narrative used to be. I've tried to start something new a few times, but everything I've picked up seems shallow and affected by comparison--especially affected, mannered, trying too hard to impress. Knausgaard himself writes about losing his interest in reading, both fiction and nonfiction. He'd start a novel and think: somebody made this up. Start a short story: somebody made this up. Start wh...more
Peter Rock
Definitely more linear and suffers for the lack of temporal latitude/reflection--in fact, I would probably not have read this book if not for the other two. It especially resonates with #1/A Death in the Family; if one wants to see more of the father and his relationship to Karl Ove, this one does it.

It also contains a huge amount of pathetic behavior by the young Karl Ove! Lots of pining, seeking for pornography, crying, poor soccer playing, failed social manipulations, etc. Which is also a ple...more
Alma Jylhä
Jos joku oli siellä, sen kaivon pohjalla mikä lapsuus on, niin kukapa muu kuin hän, äiti, minun äitini. Hän laittoi meille ruokaa ja kutsui meidät joka ilta ympärilleen keittiöön. Hän osti, neuloi tai ompeli vaattemme, hän korjasi ne kun ne menivät rikki. Hän toi laastaria kun olimme kaatuneet ja satuttanee polvemme, hän vei minut sairaalaan kun minulta murtui solisluu ja lääkäriin silloin kun sain, hieman vähemmän urhoollisesti, kapin. Hän huolestui suunniltaan kun eräs nuori tyttö kuoli aivoka...more
Gary Daly
This is the third part of Karl Ove Knausgaard's six volume Norwegian novel about a boy becoming a man, becoming a writer.I'm not sure when the final three will be translated into English but at the moment I wish I could read and speak Norwegian so I could finish the series up. Fiction-non-fiction-faction is a wonderful genre because it allows the writer to firstly tell the story as well as embellish be it emotion, description, character and narrative to his/her content. In part three Karl Ove re...more
Knausgaard has already won me over. The first book was great, the second completely mesmerized me. Still, I was apprehensive at best about Boyhood, thinking that the topic would veer too close to the less fascinating themes of the first volume rather than the second.

I should not have feared. He spares no punches in describing himself as an arrogant, delicate, almost entirely unlikeable child, one so oblivious to basic interactions with others that he is able to torment other children without re...more
Magnus tycker:
I del tre är Knausgård tillbaka i barndomen. Det börjar med att familjen Knausgård, med den åtta månader gamle Karl Ove, flyttar från Oslo, till Tromøya på sydkusten där ett nytt bostadsområde har byggts.

Till skillnad från de två första delarna är detta en mer traditionell barndomsskildring, en genre som jag vanligtvis inte är särskilt förtjust i. I det här fallet innehåller dock boken viktiga pusselbitar av information som jag ivrigt läser för att förstå helheten. Glimtarna från b...more
My Struggle is a great title for this novel. Because while the main character Karl Ove is without a doubt, a big Momma's Boy, and an even bigger cry baby. He is just a little kid, and thanks to the brilliant writing of Karl Ove Knausgaard we get behind him right away. We all like to think of kids as sweet innocent little things; but let's face it, they can be really cruel to each other. If someone shows weakness, the other kids are usually ready, willing, and able to pounce on it. And pounce on...more
Stéphane Vande ginste
Het derde doek in de beruchte autobiografische reeks van Knausgard, "Zoon", is meteen het meest toegankelijke van de drie boeken. Met heel veel zin voor gevoel en detail beschrijft de auteur zijn kinderjaren. Zoals steeds is alles zo nauwgezet verteld, je kan zelfs alle straatnamen terugvinden op Google Maps! Karl Ove groeit op met een zachte, lieve moeder en een harde, tirannieke vader. Een vader die oncontroleerbare woede-aanvallen krijgt en die zorgt voor een voortdurend gevoel van dreiging e...more
Finishing the first half of Knausgaard's sweeping memoir Book Three was a triumph. Somehow the author either remembers much of his childhood in whole cloth. After the drama, much of it self inflicted, of his love life in Book Two reading instead of the author's growing up on an island off the south coast of Norway was a much better experience.

As he did in Book One, Knausgaard's Father hangs over Book Three like a black cloud. Reading about the level of strictness his Father tried to impose, t...more
Aaron (Typographical Era)
Karl Ove Knausgaard returns with the third entry in his autobiographical series of novels under the My Struggle moniker, this time focusing on his awkward childhood days spent living on an island in southern Norway. As a young Knausgaard adjusts to life in his new surroundings he’ll have to contend with a highly volatile father, a passive mother, and a community of children who just can’t seem to appreciate his obvious brilliance.

Poor lil’ Karl Ove. What a mess the kid was. His ass was too big,...more
This third volume of Knausgaard's amazing My Struggle is shorter and, if possible, the flattest of a series that has turned verbal flatness into a high art.

It fills in the time from Knausgaard's infancy to his early teens, so chronologically it's a prologue to the account of his teen years in Volume 1. It does an almost frighteningly good job of getting inside the mind of a child: we don't hear an adult looking back on his childhood, but a child who has somehow acquired the ability to write like...more
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  • Jeg nekter
  • The Half Brother
  • Mannen som elsket Yngve
  • Before I Burn
  • The Seducer
  • A Place in the Country
  • Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe
  • Child Wonder
  • Mig äger ingen
  • The Birds
  • The Plains
  • Dans les forêts de Sibérie
  • Sjukdomen (Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar, #2)
  • La Superba
  • Jerusalém (O Reino, #3)
  • Eremittkrepsene
  • The Last Man Standing
  • Shyness and Dignity
Nominated to the 2004 Nordic Council’s Literature Prize & awarded the 2004 Norwegian Critics’ Prize.

Karl Ove Knausgård (b 1968) made his literary debut in 1998 with the widely acclaimed novel OUT OF THE WORLD, which was a great critical and commercial success and won him, as the first debut novel ever, The Norwegian Critics' Prize. He has since received several literary prizes for his books.
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