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
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
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
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
So...I'm still not sure I can articulate what I fi ...more
I've never read a book like this before, quite like this before. I haven't had much time to read since I started, but every time I picked it up, I found it hard to put down. The framework for the book, especially at the end (before the coda) reminded me of Borges, a favorite of mine, but the retelling of the Bible stories was the most original and for me the most enjoyable part of the book. I was brought up in an ...more
99 pages are spent in a strange - and frankly deranged - re-telling the story of Cain and Abel. We then move on to Noah where we get another 100+ pages as the albino patriarch and his family build an ark from the pines and birches around his farm high above a fjord and...
It’s an interesting concept, re-setting the B ...more
Deze ontmoeting is bepalend in zijn verdere levenswandel: hij gaat studeren, en maakt van de zoektocht naar de engelen zijn levenswerk.
Hij schrijft een monumentaal werk over de geschiedenis van de engelen, vanaf de Zondeval in de Paradijstuin van Eden tot en met de 16de ee ...more
It opens with the account of how the Italian Antonious Bellori has an encounter with two angels in the 16th century, which inspires a lifetime of research into angels. This narrative level is reminiscent of Eco and Borges in its analytical, essayist style, and not least in treating the subject of angels as if it were as scientifically valid as those subjects we currently deem scientifically ...more
Volstrekt unieke interpretatie van het oude testament, waarin enkele van de beste verhalen (de broedermoord, de zondvloed) op een aparte en zeer gedetailleerde manier worden verteld, vanuit een originele invalshoek die, als je als lezer even meegaat erin, totaal logisch lijkt.
Rode draad door het boek is de studie na ...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.