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The fifth installment in the eagerly awaited, internationally celebrated My Struggle series
The fifth book of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s powerful My Struggle series is written with tremendous force and sincerity. As a nineteen-year-old, Karl Ove moves to Bergen and invests all of himself in his writing. But his efforts get the opposite effecthe 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. My Struggle: Book 5 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.
About the Author
Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968. My Struggle has won countless international literary awards and has been translated into at least fifteen languages. Knausgaard lives in Sweden with his wife and four children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book- in which the narrator evolves from troubled teen into adulthood - ties the series together in a compelling way. It may be my favorite so far, although I may have to go back and re-read them all in order to decide. In this installment, our hero writes, loves, searches, flails, drinks, self-sabotages, self-mutilates, drinks more, and finally, grows up. It made me want to go back and read the (chronological to the narrative) next book, which was book 2, and this part definitely enriched and added meaning to the re-read. If you just read the excerpt, you should know that if you commit to the whole book it will reveal itself as much more than the rambling memoir it may seem on the surface, it offers deep reflection on the meaning of life, love, and the individuals place in the collective society, this world and nature.