Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Summer
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
15 posts | 7 read | 4 to read
The grand finale of Karl Ove Knausgaard's masterful and intensely-personal series about the four seasons, illustrated with paintings by the great German artist Anselm Kiefer 2 June--It is completely dark out now. It is twenty-three minutes to midnight and you have already slept for four hours. What you will dream of tonight, no one will ever know. Even if you were to remember it when you wake up, you wouldn't have a language in which to communicate it to us, nor do I think that you quite understand what dreams are, I think that is still undefined for you, that your thoughts haven't grasped it yet, and that it therefore lies within that strange zone where it neither exists nor doesn't exist. The conclusion to one of the most extraordinary and original literary projects in recent years, Summer once again intersperses short vividly descriptive essays with emotionally-raw diary entries addressed directly to Knausgaard's newborn daughter. Writing more expansively and, if it is possible, even more intimately and unguardedly than in the previous three volumes, he mines with new depth his difficult memories of his childhood and fraught relationship with his own father. Documenting his family's life in rural Sweden and reflecting on a characteristically eclectic array of subjects--mosquitoes, barbeques, cynicism, and skin, to name just a few--he braids the various threads of the previous volumes into a moving conclusion. At his most voluminous since My Struggle, his epic sensational series, Knausgaard writes for his daughter, striving to make ready and give meaning to a world at once indifferent and achingly beautiful. In his hands, the overwhelming joys and insoluble pains of family and parenthood come alive with uncommon feeling.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
blurb
conny
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image

I experienced summer through this book because I‘d rather so. I dread summer; It‘s so difficult to deal with the humidity, the heat, and the mosquitoes!

review
Flaneurette
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image
Pickpick

Well I signed up for #BFCR2 and my goals are pretty simple, I figured I‘d be more likely to stick with it
1. 6 books
2. Close my activity rings every day

Random sunset pic from vacation in Florida last week

charl08 Wow! What a shot. 5mo
Mitch Yeah - close those rings! 🏆 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely photo 👍 📸 5mo
See All 6 Comments
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 5mo
Leftcoastzen So beautiful! 5mo
Blaire Gorgeous pic!! 5mo
36 likes6 comments
review
Taylor
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image
Pickpick

I‘m not sold on the World War II part, but somehow this book still managed to be enthralling—despite how long that particular fiction went on for.

I‘m also not thrilled about the idea of reading more of his essays on slugs and…I don‘t know…random birds of prey.

But when Knausgaard gets a continuous narrative going, he‘s a killer.

And I‘m not going to act like that conclusion, the closing imagery, ISN‘T stunning and beautiful.

Flaneurette I put this aside at about the halfway mark months ago... I really should finish it! 5mo
Taylor @Flaneurette Yes, do! It always feels nice to finish a series. It‘s like finishing a book, times about a thousand. 5mo
8 likes2 comments
blurb
mreads
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image

Summer the fourth of the Seasons quartet and is the only one I've left to read. Maybe this summer😃

#30JuneBooks @howjessreads

review
scowler1
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image
Pickpick

Short random chapters describing the minutia of the mundane, ordinary objects and emotions of life. There are two longer 'Diary' chapters in between with a separate short fictional tale told within the diary. This book, the last in the series, gets a bit metaphysical at times. My favorite chapter was Ice cream.

blurb
Flaneurette
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image

Sitting on my terrace in Florence reading my kindle,not a bad way to spend my 50th bday

LiteraryinLititz Gorgeous! Have a wonderful birthday! 13mo
AmyG Happy Birthday! 🎂🎈🎁 13mo
4thhouseontheleft Happy Birthday!! 13mo
See All 14 Comments
8little_paws Happy birthday!!! 13mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 13mo
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday! 13mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎉🎂🎈🎁 13mo
batsy Happy birthday! 🎂🎉 That is certainly a wonderful way to enjoy your day 😍 13mo
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 13mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! 📚📚📚 13mo
Reggie Happy Birthday 🎊🎂🎈 13mo
MaureenMc 🎈🎉🎂🙌 13mo
arubabookwoman Happy Birthday! We share a birthday, as today is my birthday too—except that I turned 18 the day you were born.😏 13mo
39 likes14 comments
blurb
Flaneurette
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image

Having a mimosa at the train station in Rome before we head to Florence. Had some fresh bufalo mozzarella and prosciutto- even train station food is good in Italy. Not getting much reading done though, jet lag is killing me!

Emilymdxn Jet lag going that way is a killer! I hope you adore Rome!! 13mo
Taylor I was just thinking about how I‘ve been meaning to read these. 13mo
40 likes2 comments
review
Leftcoastzen
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image
Pickpick

I really love this final volume of the seasons quartet. Knausgaard started them to describe things in detail to his unborn daughter.His detailed descriptions of everyday things ,cats , bats & summer rain are enchanting.The best was his essay Sting , we can all relate .He randomly grabbed a CD from the glove box ,Stings first solo effort. He is transported back to age 16 , thoughts , feelings of that time ,almost overwhelm him.Magical .

review
Thndrstd
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image
Pickpick

A collection of essays that reflect on various experiences and memories of summer from the books he reads to trees, bicycles, and food along with a journal addressed to the author's youngest daughter. Despite the languorous tone, the attention to minutiae, and a fair amount of navel-gazing, the writing is still captivating and compelling.

{I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher.}

blurb
Leftcoastzen
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image

Here in the states , it‘s National Coffee Day!Check your locals; some are giving it away,giving discounts etc.Reading Summer in the fall,but here in the desert southwest,it‘s gonna be 103.Hurricane Rosa is headed our way from Baja California, hope it does decrease in strength for everyone‘s safety but looking forward to the cool down it brings.

CoffeeNBooks 103! Yikes! And I thought Florida was bad- our high for today is 91. 14mo
Leftcoastzen @CoffeeNBooks Yep, It sucks. Over 100 for at least 5 months of the year.. 14mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit Sympathy! We spend far too many days close to or at 100 here in Houston. We are having an unusually cool spell, thanks to cloudy/rainy weather—high in the upper 70s. 14mo
RealBooks4ever Love the pic! 💜 Try to stay cool! 😎 14mo
Leftcoastzen @CindyMyLifeIsLit @RealBooks4ever Yes I did stay cool , did outside things early and stayed out of the heat and read. 14mo
35 likes5 comments
blurb
Leftcoastzen
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image

#bookishproblems. When you are only 150 pages into a book with 1152 (!!!) pages you have waited 2 years to read then your library hold by the same author comes in!😂🙄

blurb
Heatherleegee
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image

I was reading the galley of Summer but had to buy it yesterday to complete my set (please don‘t judge my galley lag! 🙈) #karloveknausgaard #seasonsquartet

ephemeralwaltz Lovely collection! 1y
Heatherleegee @ephemeralwaltz thank you! Besides being such good books, they do look really nice together on a shelf 14mo
2 likes2 comments
blurb
mrozzz
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image

Waaaah I am SO happy with this little #bookhaul 😁

Severance, a tale of plague/apocalypse in New York, has been on my mind since last week‘s release so I decided to treat myself to it. I‘ve been counting down until this week‘s pub day for the last of Knausgaard‘s quartet, and I‘m DELIGHTED to see that it‘s a chunkster (very fitting).

Reviewsbylola I‘ve been super curious about Severance. 1y
Briget66 I just picked this up at the library! 1y
120 likes2 comments
blurb
thebluestocking
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image

The quartet is complete with today‘s addition of Summer! I loved the first three and can‘t wait to see what the fourth has in store. #iheartkarloveknausgaard

Booksnchill I am awaiting my last volume as well! 1y
Ruthiella Nice collection!😎 1y
mrozzz I was so excited to see how plump this one was! 1y
See All 13 Comments
thebluestocking @Booksnchill Yay!! I hope it arrives soon. 1y
thebluestocking @mrozzz Me too! But now I‘m a little intimidated. 😊 1y
mrozzz Same... though it is rather typical of him 😉 Have you read My Struggle as well? 1y
AceOnRoam Thanks for the million likes, I think we are both caught up now 😁 1y
AceOnRoam I need to read these books..... 1y
thebluestocking @AceOnRoam Ha! I had fun going back through your feed. Thanks for doing the same. I think you might like these. 1y
AceOnRoam You're welcome. I am knee deep in manbookering but need to organize myself to catch up on some important reads before the TOB longlist comes out LOL. It's just around the corner now, and while I'm excited, I think this year is moving too fast!!!! 1y
thebluestocking @mrozzz I haven‘t read My Struggle. I have the first one on my nightstand, but it‘s almost like I want to ration his books. You‘ve read them, right? 1y
mrozzz Yes! I have the final book as an ebook but I am waiting to read it because I ordered a print copy for a reading I‘m attending next month. 😃 I totally get rationing them out. I don‘t know what I‘ll do once I‘ve read the last one of My Struggle AND Summer 1y
57 likes1 stack add13 comments
blurb
Thndrstd
Summer | Karl Ove Knausgaard
post image

#Bookmail is the best mail. Thanks, Shina @ Penguin Press

33 likes1 stack add