Karl OveAfter hearing a considerable amount of buzz and reading this New York Times piece that includes glowing reviews from many of the world’s most important writers I decided to tackle Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle. There is nothing hidden here. Karl Ove changes no names, writes about everyone he’s come in contact with and tells his story exactly as he remembers it, with an incredible recall ability that transforms ordinary stories, that can extend well past 20 pages, into something profound. It’s hard for me to imagine turning your life inside out like this but it’s an incredible piece of work that feels like an important book right away even with the complete absence of literary acrobatics. It’s also surprisingly compulsive reading for a book that’s ostensibly just the daily observations from a man’s life but if you enjoy his straight-forward writing style and find yourself relating to the story you’ll likely be hooked as quickly as I was.

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