The fifth book of Knausgaard's powerful My Struggle series is written with tremendous force and sincerity.
As a 19-year-old, Karl Ove moves to Bergen and invests all of himself in his writing. But his efforts get the opposite effect - he wants it so much that he gets writer's block. At the same time, he sees his friends, one-by-one, publish their debuts. He suspects that he will never get anything published.
Book Five is also a book about strong new friendships and a shattering love affair. Then one, day Karl Ove reaches two crucial points in his life: his father dies, and shortly thereafter, he completes his first novel.
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the silence of the living...
A poetry of the mundane
Great story, read the 4 books before, listening is even better! This is simply like poetry of the everyday mundane life as it is. I don't know how the author does it, but he manages to create amazing story of the familar so interesting. You appeciated your own life, with its own share of troubled relationships, difficult relatives and numerous vices more. Knausgaard had been compared to Proust, which I agree with. This is Proust for the modern age, for the middle class kid who still remember where his family came from. High and low of the narrators life, his own shameful and proud and boring moments are all here. I was sceptical at first, but James Woods review in New Yorker prompted me to read the first book and I got hooked! you would love this book if you like memoirs in general. Even ordinary life of the narrator could be quite inetersting to read, many observations on the scandinavian society and customs are a plus.
Karl Ove, the author and the main protagonist! He is forever getting into trouble and yet managing to overcome his struggle to make life as a writer, or just as a decent human being. He is so relatable!
Love the narrator, his voice suits the story and style of the book. Very reserved yet able to show nuances of emotions, as the narrator for the Scandinavian literature should be.
Yes, I was actually glad to suffer traffic jams on the way to and from work, which allowed for extra time. Also great to listen while running on the eliptical, you can go for more and more time just to continue listening.
Pls make the book 6 available!