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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, 1st, 422 pages
Published 2008 by Forlaget Oktober AS
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Manny I would say volume 3 can be read on its own. There are some forward references in vol 1, but some people may actually prefer to skip it: the main…moreI would say volume 3 can be read on its own. There are some forward references in vol 1, but some people may actually prefer to skip it: the main effect is that you know several plot points in advance. This is presumably intentional, but if you aren't concerned about the author's complicated master plan then you probably won't worry too much...(less)

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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.

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Eddie Watkins
May 08, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Move over robins, tulips, pastels, and jelly beans, the appearance of a fresh volume of My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard now marks the coming of spring and will continue do so in 2015, 2016, and 2017 as the final three books in the series appear in English in the United States, translated from the Norwegian by Donald Bartlett, published by Archipelago Books in signature squarish hard covers. Quick recap: My Struggle is a six-volume literary autobiography. Comparisons to Proust’s In Search of L ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Nov 10, 2015 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
"Time never goes as fast as in your childhood; an hour is never as short as it was then. Everything is open, you run here, you run there, do one thing, then another, and suddenly the sun has gone down and you find yourself standing in the twilight with time like a barrier that has suddenly gone down in front of you:"
-- Karl Ove Knausgård, My Struggle: Book Three: Boyhood Island


There is something mundane, yet otherworldly about Knausgård's third book. It exists on the island of Tromøy, a large i
Jun 10, 2015 Geoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Karl Ove Knausgaard is Proust, which he isn’t, then Book Three of My Struggle is Combray. Evocation of childhood or adolescence is one of my favorite genres, be it film or novels or autobiography, and there are certainly tones here of Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (my favorite film, if you haven’t seen it, get thee to a Netflixery), Spirit of the Beehive (there’s even a strangely familiar beekeeper scene in Book Three, almost as otherworldly as the one in Victor Erice’s masterpiece), Ratcatcher (r ...more
Ne mogu ovo da ocenim jer mi je Knausgor pre svega zabavan, nasmejem se i prepričavam epizode cimerki pola dana. Nezahvalno mi je da bilo šta ocenjujem i sudim jer sam u poslednje vreme čitala knjige koje govore o detinjstvu na sasvim drugačiji način, tako da mi je ovo poput nekog romana Gradimira Stojkovića, samo za odrasle i sentimentalne.
Trebalo je da lupim recku svaki put kad plače, mislim da je prosek jednom u pet strana. Drago je, toplo, zabavno, nešto što bih davala deci krajem osnovne i
The third book in the Knausgaard saga explores Karl Ove’s boyhood. The family moves to the largest island in southern Norway, Tromøy, where Karl Ove's father teaches Norwegian in high school and his mother works with families experiencing trauma. Finally we learn why Karl Ove was so terrified of his father. The older brother Yngve now becomes the shadowy enigma we only glimpse but cannot see. Yngve is the essence of the older brother—a little dismissive of his younger sibling, but generally supp ...more
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At 15%. The sun sets early on October 21st on the Northern Hemisphere. Another day over. One of the roughly ninteenthousand I have spent so far in this life. No way to bring them back; unless you have a time machine; like a DeLorean, for instance, equipped with a Flux capacitor. Today they would arrive, Marty McFly and Doc Brown, if they were real. From tomorrow we can say that the story of Back to the Future is set in the past. I knew that thirty years ago, but I didn't thi
i have no words to descirbe how good this is
my love for karl ove knausgård is infinite
Marcello S
Oct 09, 2015 Marcello S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"L’Isola dell’Infanzia" è in un certo senso il prequel de "La Morte del Padre”.
Un tassello fondamentale per capire il rapporto di Karl Ove col padre. E quindi per leggere con una chiave più ricca il Libro 1.

A livello cronologico racchiude la prima parte della sua vita, più o meno tra i 5 e i 13 anni.

La cosa che mi ha convinto meno è questa: se parli di cose successe trent’anni fa credo sia quasi impossibile trasferirle dalla memoria alla carta con una tale quantità di particolari senza romanzar
Jun 22, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Hakan T
Jun 07, 2016 Hakan T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kavgam serisi bir alışkanlık yapıyor. Tabii herkes için geçerli olmayabilir. Knausgaard serinin üçüncüsü olan bu ciltte çocukluk-ergenlik arası dönemini anlatıyor. Babayla ilişkiler çok rahatsız edici, kalp kırıcı. Bu kadar da olmaz dedirtiyor insana. Tabii babasının son dönemlerini de anlattığı ilk ciltteki bölümleri de anmadan edemiyor insan. Anne sevecen ama düşük profilli. Ağabey ise harika. Norveç kırsalında, küçük bir ilçede geçen, 500 sayfaya yakın sulugözlü bir çocuğun hikayesini okuyup ...more
Dec 11, 2016 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started out a little slow for me and I thought it wasn't going to hook me like the first two books, but I found myself quite engrossed in Karl Ove's early years. I questioned whether Knausgård's memory could really be this good to recall that far back in so much detail and then I remembered the kind of marks certain events left on me. My memory can be pretty pathetic, but I recall being somewhere around age 6 playing on the beach with a little girl I'd just met. We were ankle deep in the water a ...more
Nov 27, 2015 Helle rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars) This third installment of Knausgård’s struggle is seen through the eyes of the child Karl Ove – as a seven-year-old boy, then a young adolescent – almost entirely unmediated by the adult Knausgård. We fill in some of the blanks left over from volume I and get to know his parents, his brother and his weepy young self more.

He evokes childhood down to the minutest, sometimes commonest, sometimes quirkiest details. We are invited to remember our own childhood – the joy of getting a new
Sep 04, 2014 julieta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Aug 01, 2010 Flaneurette rated it really liked it
Shelves: bokm-l, 2014
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
Karl Ove Knausgard continues his intensely detailed portrayal of his life in My Struggle: Book Three. This book details his life from infancy (and slightly before!) to early adolescence.

The depiction of place in his childhood is vividly evoked, reminding us how for little children where they are is as important often as whom they are with and maybe more important than what they are doing. Each place has its meaning, personal and intense. As Karl Ove grows, people supplant place in importance an
Justin Evans
Oct 21, 2014 Justin Evans rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I had hoped to get in ahead of the backlash with a backlash to the backlash kind of thing, where I defend KOK against people who are tired of hearing about him. Well, too bad. Not only are the reviews of this volume uniformly positive (hence, no backlash yet), but I found it overwhelmingly boring. So, I am doubly stymied.

At the start of the book, KOK calls his childhood a ghetto-like state of incompleteness. He suggests that childhood is meaningfullish, but not really meaningful, because (yawn)
Eric Kibler
Jul 07, 2016 Eric Kibler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite Knausgaard so far. It can be read as a standalone memoir of childhood. I often wish I felt things as strongly as I did in childhood, such was the pleasure of each new experience. But Knausgaard reminds me that, just as pleasure was more intense then, so was pain. And boy, did childhood have a lot of emotional pain. On second thought, strike that wish. I wouldn't be able to take it.

A twelve year old boy can fall in love with as much intensity as a grown man can, even though h
Paul Fulcher
Sep 18, 2014 Paul Fulcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Book 3 of 6 of Knausgaard's unique autobiographical novel, My Struggle, sees him turn to more commonly trodden turf, namely recollections of his childhood.

The uniqueness of the overall work lies in the minute detail in which Knausgaard recalls - or re imagines - even mundane aspects of his daily life. Knausgaard very much claims the books as novels, autobiography, saying 'It is an existential search where I use myself as raw material', but there is no attempt made to disguise names or reputatio
May 11, 2014 aya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alan Chen
Sep 21, 2016 Alan Chen rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I took a break from Knausgard after book 2 and it's nice to delve back into his world (literally). There's some undefinable quality in his prose that mesmerizes me. It's as if he's dabbing a paintbrush filled with his memories onto the page and it comes out as a fuzzy mosaic that I can stare into for hour. Book 3 starts when his parents move to South Coast, Norway. It's provincial but lots of people are buying starter homes and there's lots of young families with kids Karl Ove and his older brot ...more
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Propedeutico a "La morte del padre", essendo il ritratto degli anni precedenti, ma anche il volume (di quelli fino ad ora pubblicati) che mi è piaciuto meno (forse un po' ripetitivo e di sicuro privo di eventi cruciali), nonostante il livello di coinvolgimento che Knausgård riesce a imprimere nel lettore rimanga sempre molto alto.
Nov 09, 2016 Caro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Na "Liefde", het tweede boek in de reeks, had ik er even genoeg van. Maar na een pauze van twee jaar heb ik nu "Zoon" in een recordtempo gelezen. Dit is echt een schitterend boek. Hoe doet Knausgard het toch? Hoe slaagt hij erin om mij meer dan 400 pagina's over zijn kindertijd gebiologeerd te laten lezen?
Hij kan zijn haarscherpe herinneringen zo prachtig neerschrijven: de zwerftochten met vriendjes over het Noorse eiland, de impact van het weer en de seizoenen, de angst voor zijn tirannieke en
Barksdale Penick
Jan 01, 2017 Barksdale Penick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get back into the pace of Knausgard in the third volume of his long series. I found some of his reflections about memory near the beginning of the book less than wholly original, as when he discusses a photograph and wonders whether he remembers the moment or whether the photograph has implanted the memory. But we eventually get on track with the story, which takes a step back in his life to his childhood, set in a housing development in the seventies when the world was cha ...more
Kareta Ove Knausgard se pone en este tercer volumen de la ambiciosa Mi lucha la gorra. Ya no sos igual, Kareta Ove, sos un cheto más. Porque el narrador del primer y segundo tomo, un sujeto profundamente escindido en relación a su identidad, se transforma acá en un tirapostas canchero, que hace jueguitos y te muestra la pelota y te tira un caño en el banderín del corner, ganandote 5 a 0 y a falta de medio minuto para que finalice el encuentro.

La búsqueda en La muerte del padre y Un hombre enamo
Mar 08, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been wondering why, when I read Knausgaard, I feel such a strong connection to his work. At first I believed it to be because of his thoughts and anxieties, those random bits I could relate to myself were indeed thrilling. But as I've read the third book in his series, I'm beginning to create a clearer answer for myself.

Knausgaard's work has become increasingly important to me, and as I began to read Book Three, I went into it thinking I would probably love it for the same vague reasons I
Adam Dalva
Apr 06, 2014 Adam Dalva rated it it was amazing
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
I'm going through these slower than most people I know, but I'm savoring them. Here's volume 3 of the literary world's favorite dirty-laundry airing, chain-smoking, Nord who looks like what would happen if you'd cast Brad Pitt in The Revenant.

Some people can look fondly through their high school yearbooks. Here's me receiving a touchdown pass! Here's me elected homecoming queen! Here's me with all my buddies in the Chess Club proud of our geekiness because we think we live in a fucking Judd Apat
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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 then went on to write six autobiographical novels, titled
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“Of course, I don’t remember any of this time. It is absolutely impossible to identify with the infant my parents photographed, indeed so impossible that it seems wrong to use the word “me” to describe what is lying on the changing table, for example, with unusually red skin, arms and legs spread, and a face distorted into a scream, the cause of which no one can remember, or on a sheepskin rug on the floor, wearing white pajamas, still red-faced, with large, dark eyes squinting slightly. Is this creature the same person as the one sitting here in Malmö writing? And will the forty-year-old creature who is sitting in Malmö writing this one overcast September day in a room filled with the drone of the traffic outside and the autumn wind howling through the old-fashioned ventilation system be the same as the gray, hunched geriatric who in forty years from now might be sitting dribbling and trembling in an old people’s home somewhere in the Swedish woods? Not to mention the corpse that at some point will be laid out on a bench in a morgue? Still known as Karl Ove. And isn’t it actually unbelievable that one simple name encompasses all of this? The fetus in the belly, the infant on the changing table, the forty-year-old in front of the computer, the old man in the chair, the corpse on the bench? Wouldn’t it be more natural to operate with several names since their identities and self-perceptions are so very different? Such that the fetus might be called Jens Ove, for example, and the infant Nils Ove, and the five- to ten-year-old Per Ove, the ten- to twelve-year-old Geir Ove, the twelve- to seventeen-year-old Kurt Ove, the seventeen- to twenty-three-year-old John Ove, the twenty-three- to thirty-two-year-old Tor Ove, the thirty-two- to forty-six-year-old Karl Ove — and so on and so forth? Then the first name would represent the distinctiveness of the age range, the middle name would represent continuity, and the last, family affiliation.” 5 likes
“Now they’re twenty-four and their real lives lie before them. Jobs of their own, a house of their own, children of their own. There are the two of them, and the future they are moving into is theirs, too.

Or is it?”
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