A Time for Everything (Henrik Vankel #2)
In the sixteenth century, Antinous Bellori, a boy of eleven, is lost in a dark forest and stumbles upon two glowing beings, one carrying a spear, the other a flaming torch . . . This event is decisive in Bellori’s life, and he thereafter devotes himself to the pursuit and study of angels, the intermediaries of the divine. Beginning in the Garden of Eden and soaring through...more
Wow. WOW! Questa è un'ulteriore prova che Knausgård è molto più che quell'autore norvegese che ha scritto una biografia pretenziosa in 6 volumi.
Immaginate alcune delle più famose vicende bibliche trasportate in un'ambientazione da Norvegia primordiale, metteteci delle atmosfere faulkneriane, aggiungete un tocco di realismo magico à la Márquez e un linguaggio forbito e rigoroso. Io sono ancora in estasi.
A Time for Everything potrebbe definirsi un ...more
There seems to be nothing easy about Karl Ove Knausgård, which is a good thing I suppose. His writing is quite sophisticated in its simplicity. He almost tricks you into reading on even when the body does not want to. He can tell a good story, and often digresses to a degree that is confounding to say the least. In his most recent books (in my case their being the first two volumes of My Struggle, particularly A Man in Love) he flat out wears me out with h ...more
After reading the Coda my mind was set free and I was able to truly ap ...more
The key framing device is a treatise on angels written by a (fictional) 16th Century Italian, Antonius Bellori. Aged 11 he encounters two of them, and what he experiences is so different from what he would have expected, that he dedicates the rest of the life to studying angels.
His treatise involves a fundamenta ...more
I mean, as one who grew up religious and now couldn't be further from that, I never thought a book so centered on Biblical stories, on the nature of the divine and humanity, novelizing stories that are told in mere paragraphs in the Bible... This just didn ...more
Many people have noted Karl Ove Knausgaard's way of writing in what seems to be a flat, circumstantial style, filling pages with the most mundane details, while all the time crea ...more
Knausgaard clearly has an incredible love of detail and a rich imagination. In fact, the amount of deta ...more
It took me awhile to finish this book because it's been a long time since I've read anything somewhat challenging. But calling the w ...more
“Knausgaard’s strange way of writing forces attention. Only now and again are the actual things he writes about interesting, like the descriptions of the nephilim – his strength is rather in what might follow. In other words his writing is dull but one feels that it is leading to something important...one is led on. Unfortunat...more
I think I could best describe it as "up and down": the two stories about Kain and Abel and Noah are brilliant and clearly show the remarkable talent Knausgard has for telling a story and gripping the attention of the reader.
But when Knausgard starts his theological/philosophical treatise about the nature of angels, he lost my attention very quickly.
I noticed i ...more
For my birthday in August, my wife Rona bought me two books by the Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard. She was particularly interested in the recent book My Struggle, translted by Don Bartlett, put out in English by Archipelago Books, and reviewed in both the New York Times and The New Yorker, but she also bought the 2004 A Time For Everything, translated to the English by James Anderson. (Despite the publicity and the author's fame in Eu ...more
Min första Knausgård - och det är inte alls som jag trodde. Mycket tyngre och allvarligare. Boken känns mycket äldre än vad den är. Både i ämne och stil.
Tyngden och allvaret är också det som sänker upplevelsen för mig. Jag blir trött av att läsa, för även om det är intressant det som skrivs så är det ofta alltför omständigt utskrivet.
With Knausgaard, we meander through a tale of angels and Genesis, the details of Cain and Abel's lives, also Noah and his family and the ark he built with his sons. The fire of the seraphim who guard the way to the tree of life, Christ's crucifixion and the death of God. Amazing to read.
Eager for more.
The novel moves back and forth though the Old Testament as well, dipping in and out of Israel which is often merged with a 20th Century Scandinavia, particularly Norway, in a manner so subtle that it is noticed, but neve ...more
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.