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Min kamp 5 (Min kamp #5)

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Femte bind av den selvbiografiske romanen Min kamp er skrevet med voldsom kraft og oppriktighet. Karl Ove flytter til Bergen for å gå på Skrivekunstakademiet. Det blir en gedigen skuffelse; han vil så mye, skjønner så lite, og får ingenting til. Med et tilsynelatende grunnløst pågangsmot fortsetter han likevel å skrive og lese. Flere av de han kjenner, blir antatt og ...more
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Published June 15th 2010 by Oktober
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Apr 28, 2016 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You’ve heard about Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-volume My Struggle series. If you've been avoiding the annual hype since 2012 but now for some weird reason think you're maybe KOK curious, these reviews of Books One, Two, Three, and Four will get you up to speed.

OK. Now that you're all caught up: Book Five begins soon after Book Four ends, with a nineteen-year-old Karl Ove triumphantly copulating in a tent. He’s returning from travels, preparing to attend a writing academy in Bergen. He’s been in t
Oct 26, 2014 Manny rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Well, if you've got this far...
[from Min kamp 4]

Looking at the other reviews here of volume 5, I see a good deal about the plot and some interesting notes on connections with Knausgård's real life. What's striking, given that the book is being sold as a novel, is how little people say about its qualities as a piece of literature. I am grateful to Björn, who pointed me to this interesting article by Jan Kjærstad. Kjærstad is uniquely well qualified to comment; he is one of the two or three greatest living Norwegian authors, kn
Mar 20, 2016 Elyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"My Struggle: Book 5"..... is my first introduction to Karl Ove Knausgaard

In the beginning of this book, we follow along while Karl Ove is traveling.
From Bergen, Norway...he hitch hiked to Florence - to Athens-( met some Norwegian girls... and one very particular girl that he thinks he is madly in love with)...with hopes to meet her again when he gets back to Norway.
Before he makes it back to Bergen....the big University town where he has been accepted at the Writing Academy---with the last of
May 10, 2016 Darwin8u rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"...the silence of the living is quite different from the silence of the dead"
- Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle: Book 5


Book 5: Some Rain Must Fall

First, just a quick observation. I'm a little perplexed by the photo on the cover of the Archipelago English edition. Isn't that Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty? Wait. I've been there. How does a giant earthwork, counterclockwise coil shooting into the Great Salt Lake fit into this novel? Beautiful, certainly, but odd.

Ok, back to the novel. Back to K
Oh Knausgård, this is, in my opinion the best part in your "My Struggle" series. A very strong five stars to this one.
How I loved it.

I want to, as always, write that it doesn't matter in which order you read the books in this series. They are made to be read independently from each other, the books are not in chronological order but by different parts of Karl Ove's life, and different overarching themes.
I read them out of order, started with part one and read until part four, then six and jumped
"What's genuine in the book is that I try to understand who I am." In a recent interview, Karl Ove Knausgård said he wrote Book 5 of his My Struggle series in just eight weeks, which is particularly impressive considering the depth of his 626-page autobiographical novel. Knausgård has a rare talent for finding the sublime in the mundane, and when measured by qualities like honesty, authenticity, and transparency, Book 5 is Knausgård at his unfiltered best. Highly recommended, especially for ...more

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At 12%. Karl Ove Knausgård. Here we go again! I started the fifth book right on schedule this time, but had to pay almost the same price for the Kindle version as for the hardcover. With my luck the paperback will come out any day now, and the price for the Kindle will drop too. Aargh! Or better Ååååååååå! (to paraphrase from Manny’s review)
The letter Å, by the way, is pronounced similar to aw in the English “law” and caused some trouble one time: Members of my family live
Jul 22, 2016 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The world is... the natural setting of, and field for, all my thoughts and all my explicit perceptions. Truth does not inhabit only the inner man, or more accurately, there is no inner man, man is in the world, and only in the world does he know himself. ”
― Maurice Merleau-Ponty

(This quote will have to serve as a review for now. I'll probably write more later. If you want a thorough write-up of the book, go read Lee's fantastic review.)
Oct 17, 2014 Sini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De vorige vier delen van Knausgards autobiografische cyclus "Mijn Strijd" heb ik werkelijk verslonden, vooral deel 3 "Zoon" omdat dit zo fraai de intensiteit oproept van de kindertijd en de herinnering daaraan. En ook dit 5e en voorlaatste deel beviel mij prima, al vond ik dan m.n. "Zoon" net nog wat sterker.

Dit deel draait om de veertien jaar dat Karl Ove in Bergen doorbracht, een periode waarvan hij zich naar eigen zeggen verbazend weinig herinnert. Toch vult hij ruim 600 bladzijden, met wat
Justin Evans
May 12, 2016 Justin Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Airport literature for high-brows, and sometimes that's what you want. I enjoyed this one more than the first four, which is not to say it's better, but on the other hand, it's airport literature, so perhaps that is precisely to say it's better, but better for me. Four stars for how much I enjoyed it then, and two for quality. Basically, I'd much rather read about young KOK's days at university, hanging out with Jon Fosse and talking about Tor Ulven than another 80000000 pages about how his ...more
Eddie Watkins
May 10, 2016 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Far from my favorite so far - too scattered/episodic with a profusion of characters in name only. But while these qualities diminished my reading pleasure, I can see how they perfectly mirror the frame of mind of Karl Ove's everyman as he negotiates his third decade, which made it interesting to ponder how such an outwardly shallow borderline fuck-up all the while harbored the human depths later revealed in his novels. And my pleasures did increase toward the end as he matured and settled into ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Tena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You either love or hate the My Struggle books. Reading hundreds of pages about a man drinking coffee, smoking, taking long walks and occasionally sitting down to write (largely to his grave disappointment) might seem like the most tedious thing you could possibly do, but it is everything but. Once you get sucked into the world of Karl Ove, it becomes impossible to leave. Let us not forget that this is still fiction and he should not be taken at face value, and when you read it like that it all ...more
Oct 04, 2013 Faith rated it really liked it
Ännu om Knausgård...

Detta är boken Knausgårds, alltså Karl Oves, destruktiva Bergen-år, som Bokbabbel kallade dem. Som 19-åring, efter året i Nord-Norge, flyttar Karl Ove till Bergen. Där ska livet börja, han ska gå på Skrivekunstakademien, bli författare. Men lätt blir det inte. Han känner just ingen förutom Yngve, brodern han älskar men känner sig underlägsen, och Skrivekunstakademiet blir mest kritik. Så det blir 10 år av att inte kunna skriva. Istället blir det lite jobb här och där, lite st
Roman Helinski
May 16, 2016 Roman Helinski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Al dagen wil ik schrijven over Karl Ove Knausgård. Over ‘Schrijver’, zijn laatst vertaalde boek. De andere delen uit de serie las ik met interesse, maar ik vond ze niet perse goed, te wijdlopig, onrustig. ‘Schrijver’ maakte grote indruk. Maar alles wat ik de afgelopen dagen op papier zette over het boek, was niet goed genoeg. Ik wiste versie na versie, en besloot het er maar bij te laten zitten. Maar mijn drang om over het boek te schrijven verdween niet, zat me dw
Sep 03, 2016 L. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
ah, karl ove. i wanted to like you. you come from a long, amazing tradition of scandinavian authors, the ones i stayed up all night to read in college - sigrid undset, knut hamsun, kjartan flogstad, william heinesen, tarje vesaas, strindberg, halldor laxness, selma lagerlof...

but i then i remembered you are a product of our times, of our 21st century incessant social media belly-gazing, of our reality shows, of our mass existential crisis turned public.

i liked your first book. there was pain th
Probably my favorite since the first in the His Struggle series. I attribute it to the fact that so much narrative is spent on Karl Ove's literary apprenticeship--specifically his literary readings, attempts to become a writer, and friendships with like-minded sorts. That's always interesting to me because I like to read about reading and I like to read about writing, so if you're going to navel gaze as only KOK can do (read: in style), this is the way you want to do it.

By this point, though, a
Bill Magee
Jan 29, 2016 Bill Magee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Struggle: Book Five is the best My Struggle since My Struggle: Book Two!
Oct 20, 2016 Ynna rated it liked it
I tend to use this excuse a lot, but it took me a really long time to finish this book and as a result, I went long periods of time without reading, would start reading again and kind of forget what happened. I think it was a mixture of that and the fact that Karl Ove was so unlikable and whiny in Book 5. "I'm not a good writer blah blah blah I'm a terrible person blah blah blah I'm sad blah blah blah." I understand this series is his struggle, but I had difficulty empathizing with him when he ...more
May 05, 2016 Cody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four books into the series, I was no stranger to the prolonged moments of slowness and inaction that periodically crop up in My Struggle. It’s to be expected from a project that aims to document seemingly all of a person’s life, and one of Knausgaard’s great accomplishments is keeping readers engaged and clamoring for more, even when the narrative drags. Book Five is no exception, though I did find it more trying than the previous installments. Here we trace twenty-something Karl Ove’s attempts ...more
Jun 03, 2013 Bjorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norway
Picks up right where vol 4 left off, and it’s college time. Young Karl Ove enrolls in a creative writing class, thinking he’s going to become a literary wunderkind, being a writer is all he wants… and he can’t. He writes and reads and reads and writes and gets drunk and gets a girlfriend and writes and gets drunk and fucks around and writes and splits up and writes and drinks and throws up in Björk’s bathroom and writes and gets married and writes and nothing happens. He’s a fraud, he’s useless, ...more
May 09, 2016 Bruno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Più leggo Knausgård e più mi chiedo quanto effettivamente sia vero e autobiografico e quanto sia frutto della creazione narrativa. Anche nell'apertura di questo quinto volume, Knausgård torna a ripeterci che i quattordici anni passati a Bergen (1988 - 2002) non sono altro che una serie di flash confusi nella sua mente e quello che resta è soltanto un insieme di ricordi di incidenti e sentimenti; eppure sforna un altro mattone di più di 600 pagine, dove molte delle nottate di bagordi sono descrit ...more
Mar 31, 2016 Frederik rated it it was amazing
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I dont know why I keep reading these books
May 14, 2016 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I try to wait awhile before saying anything about a book I've just read (this being one of a number of reasons why I can't ever in good faith commit to a book-reviewing gig [another being that I really don't know much about anything other than narcissistic, self-pitying pain]), but I am lonely and self-loathing this Friday evening, so I'll just say, briefly:
This might have been (for me, obviously -- maybe for you it's awful/tedious/self-obsessed/entirely nasty) the most affecting of the five of
Apr 01, 2014 Mänsomläser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sj-lv-biografier
Magnus tycker:
När jag läste femte delen blev jag återigen knockad. Det finns ett antal scener som är helt knäckande att läsa.

Han har flyttat till Bergen för att gå på Skrivekunstakademiet och verkligen satsa på skrivandet. Men studierna är en enda lång förödmjukelse. Privat ser det inte mycket bättre ut. Han hänger på storebror Yngve och hans kompisar, men har svårt att hitta något eget umgänge.

Det är rätt så fascinerande att läsa om hans vedermödor. Han har ett patologiskt dåligt självförtroend
Nov 12, 2014 Sigried rated it really liked it
Hoewel ik niet alle delen van ‘Mijn Strijd’ even sterk vind, heb ik reikhalzend naar de vertaling van dit vijfde deel uitgekeken. De verschillende delen volgen elkaar niet chronologisch op. Zo gaat wat in het vijfde deel verteld wordt, vooraf aan het eerste en tweede deel. Hierdoor weet je als lezer al hoe een aantal handelingen zich uiteindelijk zullen ontwikkelen (zijn carrière wordt een succes, zijn huwelijk niet, de band tussen de broers blijft hecht, zijn vader sterft...). Dit neemt de ...more
Amanda Roa
May 10, 2016 Amanda Roa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have now read all five of Knausgaard's books. He writes so intimately that I feel like I know him personally. His writing has improved over the course of this massive epic of self-disclosure. His alcoholism, womanizing and writer's angst are raw to the bone. I felt myself cringing for him many times as he stumbled his way through his twenties. He is a mess, as so many of us are, and he is brazenly honest about it. I couldn't help wanting to play armchair psychologist as I read about some of ...more
May 10, 2016 Kellyk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I think I have enjoyed the first, second, and fourth books of this series best - the second simply did not interest me because I didn't really believe what was being told was true, and this fifth book angered me for many reasons. I think at this point, since I am virtually the same age as Knausgaard in Book 5, I have less sympathy for his inconstancies, adultery, and wayward behavior. Simply put, he should sort of have it more together by now, I think, and I don't find it fair ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-dutch
Wat Knausgård zelf nog aan herinneringen heeft aan de veertien jaar dat hij in Bergen woonde, tussen 1998 en 2002, is 'verbazingwekkend weinig', zegt hij op de eerste pagina van Schrijver. En toch volgen daarna 636 pagina's met tot in het kleinste detail beschreven herinneringen, sfeerzettingen, gevoelens en dialogen. Dat is misschien raar, want het kán dus niet allemaal precies zo gebeurd zijn, hij móet het grotendeels al schrijvende hebben verzonnen, maar in zijn boeken is dat dus niet erg. He ...more
Paul Fulcher
Sep 02, 2016 Paul Fulcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The fourteen years I lived in Bergen, from 1988 to 2002, are long gone, no traces of them are left other than as incidents a few people might remember, a flash of recollection here, a flash of recollection there, and of course whatever exists in my own memory of that time. But there is surprisingly little. All that is left of the thousands of days I spent in that small, narrow-streeted, rain-shimmering Vestland town is a few events and lots of sentiments. I kept a diary, which I have since burn ...more
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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 has since received several literary prizes for his books.
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