A Time for Everything
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
On the cover of at least the Norwegian editions, the first book is marked with the number "1", and "A time for everything" is marked with "2". There is no "3", but i think My Struggle is supposed to be the number "3" in the "series".(less)
Angels are dangerous creatures according to Thomas Aquinas. There is no mention of them in the creation stories of Genesis, he says, because their existence could become a distraction. The intense brightness of their pure knowledge can blind mortal beings to the divine. Knausgaard is aware of this danger and hints at the risk he's taking at the beginning of A Time for Everything when he says, "...darkness isn't the danger, light is. That is where all the pitfalls are to be found. ...more
-- A Time for Everything, Karl Ove Knausgård
“Concourse of Angels”, by J. Kirk Richards
It really is impossible for me to say how many different ways I loved this novel. It wasn't perfect, certainly. It was messy, and uneven in parts, but it was also strange, stron ...more
The book starts talking about theories concerning angels and then launches briefly into the story of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from Eden before a long detour through the story of Cain and Abel which turns into ...more
Antinous Bellori, an eleven-year-old boy from a mountain village of 16th century Italy, becomes fascinated by an ...more
If, on the other hand, you're the kind of person wh ...more
It’s not because I don’t like the text. Far from it. I actually quite love it. It’s because this special edition, the Kindle-version of the German translation, published by btb Verlag (which belongs to Random House) is riddled with typos and formatting issues that I just can’t stand it anymore.
Over and over there are two or more words strung together to a single one like this: “imUnterholz” instead of “im Un ...more
Karl Ove Knausgård’s take on the evolution of angels and their sightings throughout history was as compelling as it was confusing at first.
As with his other novels, the Norwegian doesn’t narrate a story from beginning to end. Instead, a fictional Renaissance scholar named Antinous Bellori is introduced, who, after observing two angels in the flesh as a child, spent many years in writing a book that contains an comprehensive history of angels (On ...more
Labeled a novel, it's really almost a collection of novellas under a poorly-framed conceit. Meaning? It's a sweet mess, but the sweet flavors the mess enough for 4 stars.
See, it starts off in the 1600s with this youngster who stumbles upon two angels while traipsing through the woods. That, plus the ...more
It's been 20 days since I finished this book. And I've been thinking of it every single day. In a few occasions, it kept me awake at night, thinking. I can't pinpoint exactly why (my psychoanalyst would stare at me with a raised eyebrow here), but this book has affected me emotionally and intellectually. It has even got me to read the Bible piece from which the title is generated and that's something, as I've never touched the Bib ...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
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
Knausgaard clearly has an incredible love of detail and a rich imagination. In fact, the amount of deta ...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
format: Archipelago Books Paperback
acquired: from amazon in 2014
read: May 16 - June 17
I can't possibly review this fairly as I ran into a worst reading slump early in the book. Seems unfair to blame Knausgaard, even if his book played a role and even if I feel better now reading the next book (Ovid's Amores)...although, not entirely better.
I will say that I'm not a fan of prolonged satirical but entirely true to the text b ...more
After reading the Coda my mind was set free and I was able to truly ap ...more
Karl Knausgard starts at the beginning, in Eden, and examines the angels & their roles. Told in layers and layers of storytelling, this novel unfolds in an easy and continuous way. Knausgard retells some of the Bible stories featuring angels and examine ...more
Embedded in this however are t ...more
It took a very long time to settle into the rhythm of book. But Cain and Abel, followed by Noah are just plain beautiful and heartbreaking. And then everything becomes odder an ...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
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
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 My S ...more