Karl Ove Knausgård: Min kamp. Andre book (Book Two: A Man In Love)

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The latest addition to my website is Karl Ove Knausgård‘s Min kamp. Andre book (Book Two: A Man In Love), the second in his six-volume My Struggle autobiographical novel series. As the third one is already out in English, I thought that I should get to this one sooner rather than later. While I admit that he writes well, I have to say that the autobiographical novel does not generally excite me. In this book, as the title indicates, he is in love but what the title does not say is that he is also the father of three children. I know what it is like to bring up children and reading about others doing it does not really excite me. Where he is interesting is in some of his semi-philosophical asides and, in particular, his continual criticisms of Sweden, somewhat surprising as, at the beginning of the novel, we learn that he has abandoned Norway and his first wife to go and live in Sweden, where he meets a Swedish woman whom he will fall in love with and marry. Even when his Swedish wife suggests that they go and live in Norway, primarily to escape their very unpleasant Russian neighbour, he declines. Like Knausgård, I shall struggle – to read all six of this series – though my struggle, like his, will be something of a tongue-in-cheek struggle.

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