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Om sommeren by Karl Ove Knausgård
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it was amazing
bookshelves: genre-essay, culture-scandinavian, loc-europe-scandinavia, genre-biography-memoir

Now we come to Summer, the finale of the quartet Knausgård began with Autumn. But this summer doesn't follow the Spring that precedes it -- two years have seemingly passed. In the first two books Knausgård is addressing his as yet unborn daughter, his fourth child, who is born in the final pages of Winter. Consisting of essays on many diverse topics, they were a form of journal to introduce this daughter to the world. Spring was a departure. Taking place over the period of one day, he tended to his family, their mother mysteriously absent despite the presence of a newborn. Her struggles finally are brought to light, and I was curious what Summer would bring. It is a culmination of promises made during the course of the earlier books. Again, he is addressing his youngest daughter, again he only refers to the older children as they relate to her (your eldest sister, your brother), and this, rightfully called his magnum opus, diverts into new territory with elements found in the earlier books -- there are essays on numerous topics from salt to ladybugs, and there are autobiographical pieces that run on at length in which he addresses this toddler, forging memories she will have no recollection of that she can learn in later life. There are also longish memories of an old woman from World War II era, also told in first person, some transitions taking place within the same paragraphs. As with all of Knausgård's work, this is immersive, educational, heartfelt, challenging.
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Reading Progress

May 13, 2018 – Started Reading
May 13, 2018 – Shelved
May 13, 2018 – Shelved as: genre-essay
May 13, 2018 – Shelved as: culture-scandinavian
May 13, 2018 – Shelved as: loc-europe-scandinavia
May 15, 2018 – Shelved as: genre-biography-memoir
May 15, 2018 – Finished Reading

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