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Min kamp 1 by Karl Ove Knausgård
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Aug 01, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, bokm-l, favourites

Although this novel portrays the author from teenager to young adulthood, the awkward relationship to his father is what permeates the book and makes it gripping. The novel is extremely well crafted, every piece of clothing, furniture or food carries meaning and becomes a necessity in the story as a whole. Philosophical reflections are seamlessly woven into walks through snowy fields with illegally bought beer in plastic bags. The most heart-wrenching passages take place when the author has to face the shocking circumstances of his father's passing away; he is forced to pull through and sort out the practicalities, precisely depicted in as being mundane and totally gruelling at the same time, all steeped in waves of conflicting emotions. I.WAS.THERE.

The author's project has caused quite some commotion and it is very sad to see that many reviews are based on the readers' strong dislike for the author himself and their moral judgements on the revealing family portraits. It is futile to discuss whether the author should have refrained from including from the ghastliest details and/or made it look like he wrote about someone else's family instead. As literature it is nothing less than a masterpiece, and certainly so because of the brutal honesty it renders. This is story-telling at its best.
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Reading Progress

August 1, 2010 – Shelved
January 10, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011
November 10, 2011 – Started Reading
November 10, 2011 –
page 29
November 27, 2011 –
page 70
December 1, 2011 –
page 113
December 13, 2011 –
page 166
December 14, 2011 –
page 189
December 16, 2011 –
page 297
December 18, 2011 –
page 377
December 19, 2011 – Shelved as: bokm-l
December 19, 2011 – Shelved as: favourites
December 19, 2011 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Alan (new)

Alan unknown to me...

Flaneurette Alan wrote: "unknown to me..."

No wonder, it was just recently released in English and much of the commotion is irrelevant to the non-Norwegian markets, though there seems to have been some discussions about the role of the author in Sweden and Denmark. Anyway, James Wood had quite an interesting review in the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics...

After having read the first two volumes, I keep thinking this is like Hello magazine for the intelligentsia.

Laura Leaney The "New Yorker" had a terrific review of this book a couple of months ago - and after reading your review, I'm convinced I should read it. Thanks!

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