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My Struggle (2012)

by Karl Ove Knausgaard (1968 - )

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editor September 1st, 2014 12:22 PM PST

I had never heard of Knausgaard until the English translation of "My Struggle" was recently (2014) greeted with ecstatic reviews in the American press. I'm only 100 pages into Book 1, but even if it stopped right here, I now believe it really is as extraordinary as reviewers have proclaimed it to be. It is also engaging, not nearly as difficult to approach as I expected. Myself, I read the first page and put it down a few times before daring to dive in. Don't let the opening put you off. Give it a dozen pages and see where you are.