My Struggle, Book 3 : My Struggle

  • by Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
  • Series: My Struggle
  • 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A family of four - mother, father, and two boys - move to the south coast of Norway, to a new house on a newly developed site. It is the early 1970s and the family's trajectory is upwardly mobile: The future seems limitless.
In painstaking, sometimes self-lacerating detail, Karl Ove Knausgaard paints a world familiar to anyone who can recall the intensity and novelty of childhood experience, one in which children and adults lead parallel lives that never meet. Perhaps the most Proustian in the series, My Struggle: Book 3 gives us Knausgaard's vivid, technicolor recollections of childhood, his emerging self-understanding, and the multilayered nature of time's passing, memory, and existence.


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Standing in the Twilight with Time

"Time never goes as fast as in your childhood; an hour is never as short as it was then. Everything is open, you fun here, you run there, do one thing, then another, and suddenly the sun has gone down and you find yourself standing in the twilight with time like a barrier that has suddenly gone down in front of you:"
-- Karl Ove Knausgård, My Struggle: Book Three: Boyhood Island

descriptionThere is something mundane and otherworldly about Knausgård's third book. It exists on the island of Tromøy, a large island (relatively) on the South Eastern tip of Norway. His hard-ass father teaches and his distracted mother works in a sanitarium. He is surrounded by friends, family, an older brother, and anxiety and curiosity. In many ways it is an honest look at middle childhood, those awkward years that start just before puberty and end a couple years after puberty. The magic of Knausgård's quasi-fictional memoir is his brutal openness. He isn't afraid to write down his most awkward sexual experiences as a boy or young man. He spends a lot of time discussing his weaknesses and his idiosyncrasies, but while Knausgård himself might be the primary character and narrator, he is haunted by the shadow of his father. You can see how the fear and anxiety created by his father impacts both Karl Ove and his brother. His father is both a storm that blows his boys, or a maelström that constantly threatens to suck them in. I think this characterization fits, because so many times, as the boys sat in the house alone waiting for their father to arrive the tension felt like a ship anticipating a storm; darkness would defend and a hard madness would hit and then, just as fast, disappear. The prose was beautiful, and in parts, seemed heavy enough to bleed the heavy, dark prose straight through the thick pages of the archipelago book.
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- Darwin8u


Have read (and/or listened) to all four available now. This was the best so far.
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- Jeff

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books