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A Time for Everything by Karl Ove Knausgård
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Mar 14, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 29 to June 20, 2012

Several distinct stories come together, not always in ways that are clear, within the covers of the work described by Ingrid Rowland in the New York Review of Books as "strange, uneven, and marvelous" which is best taken with no value judgement implied in any of those words. The fictional Italian boy Antinous Bellori begins and ends the novel proper as subject of an anonymous narrative describing his happening upon two angels in the woods -- they were fishing with a spear in a river -- and his subsequent, though delayed, long quest to see one again. In between several Bible stories are retold in a seemingly Nordic setting; the one about Noah and the implications of he and his wife and sons and their wives alone escaping destruction in the great flood has many long passages requiring patience, followed by a stunning conclusion.

Appended to the stories of Bellori and those from the Bible is an account of a self-exiled, very unhappy young man. The relationship of this coda to the rest of the work is something to ponder; Ingrid Rowland's review is not to be read before the book itself, but is fascinating afterwards. The title in UK editions is more Biblical: A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven: A Novel of the Nature of Angels and the Ways of Man, so nothing above should give anything away; those who brave the long parts in this long novel will be rewarded.

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