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My Struggle: Book 2: A Man in Love Having left his first wife, Karl Ove Knausgaard moves to Stockholm, Sweden, where he leads a solitary existence He strikes up a deep friendship with another exiled Norwegian, a Nietzschean intellectual and boxing fanatic named Geir He also tracks down Linda, whom he met at a writers workshop a few years earlier and who fascinated him deeply Book Two is at heart a love story the story of Karl Ove falling in love with his wife But the novel also tells other stories of becoming a father, of the turbulence of family life, of outrageously unsuccessful attempts at a family vacation, of the emotional strain of birthday parties for children, and of the daily frustrations, rhythms, and distractions of Stockholm keeping him from and filling his novel Intense and vital Where many contemporary writers would reflexively turn to irony, Knausgaard is intense and utterly honest, unafraid to voice universal anxieties The need for totality brings superb, lingering, celestial passages He wants us to inhabit he ordinariness of life, which is sometimes vivid, sometimes banal, and sometimes momentous, but all of it perforce ordinary because it happens in the course of a life, and happens, in different forms, to everyone The concluding sentences of the book are placid, plain, achieved They have what Walter Benjamin called the epic side of truth, wisdom James Wood, The New Yorker Ruthless beauty Aftenposten This first installment of an epic quest should restore jaded readers to life The Independent Between Proust and the woods Like granite precise and forceful More real than reality la Repubblica Italy


About the Author: Karl Ove Knausgård

Nominated to the 2004 Nordic Council s Literature Prize awarded the 2004 Norwegian Critics Prize.Karl Ove Knausg rd 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 Struggle Min Kamp , which have become a publication phenomenon in his native Norway as well as the world over.



10 thoughts on “My Struggle: Book 2: A Man in Love

  1. says:

    Oh, Karl Ove, you capture the heart break of the lovesick, hypersensitive teenager that speaks to our own lost teenage years And thanks for Book 2, writing of your life during your 20s and 30s, married, raising children, dealing with the whole urban banana A reader might think very self centered of a writer to


  2. says:

    from Min kamp 1 It was nowthan two weeks since I had published my review of Min kamp 1, and during that time I had not posted anything new Every day, I stared at the screen, tried to begin, abandoned my unsuccessful attempt after half an hour Maybe I would never again manage to produce a meaningful piece of writing I


  3. says:

    The original Norwegian editions of Karl Ove Knausgaard s six volume My Struggle series, presented in thick 500 page installments, have purportedly soldthan a half million copies and won lots of prizes If rumors of such critical and commercial success are true, even if only in Scandinavia, it s good news for humanity, since t


  4. says:

    A masterpiece I think it surpasses vol 1, although it is less fun and less immediately accessible If vol 1 was death and childhood, this is love and aging, and it is perhaps the best depiction of love that I have ever read Family love, romantic love, courtship Fascinating structure A digression that lasts from p 20 p 527, inside of


  5. says:

    Karl Ove Knausg rd s second instalment in the sprawling My Struggle autobiographic roman fleuve is evengripping than its predecessor Perhaps that is because I am also a father roughly the same age as the author, but I was truly pulled in head first from the get go This book covers a period coming about 3 5 years after the primary events o


  6. says:

    The Epic Side of Truth, Wisdom Feel like my soul has turned into steel I ve still got the scars that the sun didn t heal Not Dark Yet, Bob Dylan, 1997Prior to reading this, I was skeptical about reading a roman clef based loosely on the author s life Could he succeed in depicting a seemingly ordinary life as interesting enough to fill 4 5 6 volu


  7. says:

    I really, really, really loved the first one of these, but I did not love this one It was at times a slog to get through There were some great moments and I m glad I finished it, because it ended strong, but the majority fell into the risky trap of this project, and read to me like excerpts from a self absorbed parenting blog detailing what life is lik


  8. says:

    Book Two of My Struggle makes good on the promise of an epic of the everyday toward the end of the book Karl Ove describes his idea of literature as a kind of participation in the gaze of another, how only diaries and essays continue to move him as works of literature because that is where one might come closest to inhabiting another s gaze on the world, anot


  9. says:

    A Man in LoveThe fact that paintings and, to some extent, photographs were so important for me had something to do with this They contained no words, no concepts, and when I looked at them what I experienced, what made them so important, was also non conceptual There was something stupid in this, an area that was completely devoid of intelligence, which I had diffic


  10. says:

    Though his style and agenda have nothing in common with Virginia Woolf, Karl Ove Knausg rd, too, has an outrageous and uncanny ability to mix the banal and the lofty, the quotidian and the existential without ever upsetting the balance He deals, in short, with life, and in this process he cuts off all layers of pretension and untruth and reveals the rawness, the failures,


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