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My Struggle: Book 2
My Struggle: Book 2: A Man in Love | Karl Ove Knausgaard
"[Book 2] sears the reader because Knausgaard is a passionate idealist [who] wants to fight the conformity and homogeneity of modern bourgeois existence." —James Wood, The New YorkerIn the second installment of Karl Ove Knausgaard's monumental six-volume masterpiece, the character Karl Ove Knausgaard moves to Stockholm, where, having left his wife, he leads a solitary existence. He strikes up a deep friendship with another exiled Norwegian, a Nietzschean intellectual and boxing fanatic named Geir. He also tracks down Linda, whom he met at a writers' workshop a few years earlier and who fascinated him deeply. My Struggle: Book 2 is at heart a love story—the story of Karl Ove falling in love with his second wife. But the novel also tells other stories: of becoming a father, of the turbulence of family life, of outrageously unsuccessful attempts at a family vacation, of the emotional strain of birthday parties for children, and of the daily frustrations, rhythms, and distractions of city life keeping him from (and filling) his novel. It is a brilliant work that emphatically delivers on the unlikely promise that many hundreds of pages later readers will be left breathlessly demanding more.
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jveezer
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Back to (mostly) sound body and mind so back to Karl Ove. [Why isn‘t the hardcover edition in Litsy for V2 when it is for all five other volumes? Can‘t wait for Librarything to get that straightened out...🤔]

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Saari84
Lieben: Roman | Karl Ove Knausgård
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Für mich geht es mit "lieben" von Karl-Ove Knausgård weiter.
Hach, ich lieber seine Bücher!
Seid ihr ihm auch verfallen? Welcher Band hat euch bisher am besten gefallen?!
#lesen #currentlyreading #books #buch #buchliebe #buecherwurm #ilovetoread #bookish #bibliophile

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“I love you, and perhaps you think you love me, but you don‘t. I believe you like me, I‘m fairly sure of that, but I‘m not enough for you, and you know that deepest down. Perhaps you need someone now, and then along I came, and you thought, well he might do. But I don‘t want to be someone who might do, that‘s not good enough for me, it has to be all or nothing, you have to be ablaze, the way I am ablaze. To want the way I want.”

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Train rides and beautiful books ❤️

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Simona
A Man in Love | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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Graywacke Wondering which D book 14mo
Simona @Graywacke The Brothers Karamazov. Knausgaard is more for Tolstoy. 14mo
Graywacke Sounds like a philosophical discomfort ?? 14mo
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BarbaraBB Do you think so or did he say so in the book? @Simona 14mo
BarbaraBB And I love the quote but I love almost all about Knausgaard 😍 14mo
Simona Yes, I think so too, because in the next passage he writes about nihilism in works by Dostoyevsky as “...which never seems real, always seems like a mere idée fixe...” (edited) 14mo
Simona @BarbaraBB My observation/conclusion from his writing about both ... 14mo
BarbaraBB The quote about the idee fixe I can understand in regard to Dostojevsky 14mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I agree with the idee fixe, but absolutely not with the ‘never seems real‘ ... 14mo
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GatheringBooks
A Man in Love | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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#ReadingResolutions Day 9: These translated titles definitely qualify as #ForeignReads. I am only missing Books 1 and 3. These are #BlameItOnLitsy titles. Originally from Norway, I believe.

BarbaraBB Twinsies indeed 💜 1y
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GatheringBooks
A Man in Love | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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My candy store. My happy place. My breathing space. Another book sale - brand new books starting at 5 sgd each (only 3 of my finds are worth more than 5 dollars) - I think I got great deals. :) Book hunter forever and ever, amen.

BookishMe Where is this treasure trove?? 😆 😆 1y
GatheringBooks @BookishMe it‘s the sg book deals annual sale - they‘re on FB - it‘s at ang mo kio!! :) only two days, i think. today and tomorrow. 1y
GatheringBooks @BookishMe Pansing Building, 438 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 1, S'pore 569619. :) 1y
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BookishMe Thanks! Enjoy the book haul 👍🏽👍🏽 1y
Chachic They didn't have 50sgd box promo anymore? 1y
GatheringBooks @Chachic wit! but you get a nigella lawson canvas bag if you purchase books worth 100 sgd or more. :) 1y
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This book literally took me years to read, after I had devoured the first one. I found this one to be more of a mixed bag - the Geir parts particularly dragged for me- but even the dull sections are good representations of the day-to-day life captured by Knausgaard. I find his writing on parenthood pretty fascinating!

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Simona
A Man in Love | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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#nonfiction The whole book is stream of consciousness of a man who is coping with everyday life. Very intimate and honest insight into the emerging love, family and friendship. I‘m very interested in wife's opinion and her reaction when she read this book ... I certainly wouldn't be the happiest wife in the world. If you interesting in pathology of a daily life written in a fluent, clear prose then this book is for you.

#quotsydec17 #nightmare

BarbaraBB They got a divorce recently 💔 2y
Simona @BarbaraBB I‘m sorry for them, but I‘m not surprised 😬 2y
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#audiowalk #litsypartyofone ... surrounded by magnificent autumnal colors 🍁🍂🍁🍂

tpixie So lovely! The town I live in doesn‘t have many maple trees 🍁🌳🍁 so our fall is pretty drab. 😒 2y
merelybookish So pretty! Have fun walking with Karl Ove. ☺️ 2y
Litlady Beautiful! Enjoy!! 🤗🍁🍂 2y
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Simona @Litlady Thanks 😘 2y
Simona @merelybookish It‘s 21 hours long walk with his whole family and is interesting how he speaks about children... 2y
Simona @tpixie They are my favorite things in autumn, and for me, maple trees represents autumn. 2y
merelybookish @Simona I always feel like I'm having an emotional affair when I read these books. They are so intimate and in-his-head. 2y
Izai.Amorim Such a nice place to be. Great picture 👍👍 2y
tpixie @Simona I agree!! 🍁🍁🍁 2y
Simona @Izai.Amorim Thank you 😊 2y
Simona @merelybookish That‘s what I like about his book. Boring stuff of everyday life, told in such a intimate level. 2y
BookMaven407 Beautiful! 🍂🍁 2y
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Taylor
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Phenomenal. Every page of this long series manages to celebrate life in a subtle, understated way. I can't wait for book six.

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I've never mentioned this before, but I'm a Knausgaard stan. Yes, I'm one of THOSE people, obsessed with and addicted to just about anything he writes. I've read My Struggle 1-4 already and am now approaching the end of book five. 😂

...but book six doesn't come out till sometime in 2018 and I don't want to wait!

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July wasn't very impressive.
3144 pages, 8 books, 3 on audio, 6M/2F authors
EN/NO/RU #tricoursstats

Cinfhen Looks impressive to me 😍 2y
tricours @Cinfhen content wise, it wasn't bad 😊 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Impressive to me, good titles there 2y
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...and I continue to be utterly impressed by Knausgård! I don't think I've ever read a book where I identify so much with the narrator, and where I find someone's observations and daily life so interesting. Not to mention the impeccable writing. Looking forward to part 3!

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Sounds familiar ? As so much does in Knausgård's books.

LauraBrook Yep, accurate. 2y
Simona He is one of us! 😂 2y
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Before getting a dog, I thought dogs would be more cuddly than cats (my parent's hunting dogs are somewhat cuddly, but they're hunting dogs, so I never really thought they counted), but it's actually very rare for Walter to come this close. The cats, on the other hand, are cuddle machines.

Simona My situation is quite different - my dog is cuddle machine and cat is nice to me only when she is hungry! 2y
tricours @Simona one of our cats is now back to napping on me 3 times a day + all night, and the other one (who's afraid on people) tries to break my hand with violent cuddle every night when we go to bed... Walter just wants to play. 2y
Scurvygirl My dog is on me all the time and is only happy if someone is touching her. My cats are affectionate but not lap cats. My greyhound was not touchy feely but every once in awhile she would just want a hug. 2y
batsy It's interesting to me too. Some dogs like a brief cuddle and then need their own space 😀 2y
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My Struggle is all cozy in my booksleeve from @Moray_Reads, heading to Warsaw!

rubyslippersreads So pretty! 2y
Reviewsbylola One of my favorite prints I've seen! 2y
Moray_Reads Yay, I'm so glad you're getting use of it. I really must buy myself one! 2y
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I couldn't handle any more of Thoreau's rambling, and Stepnova has me doubting my Russian skills, so I caved in and started another book. I love Knausgård's social awkwardness, his observations and his honesty.

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This is so good. How difficult it must be to love him, according to his own writing. Yet I do 😍!

andrew61 Lovely photo. 2y
BarbaraBB Thanks, it is the North Sea coast! 2y
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I love these series. I feel so close to Knausgaard, like I know him. I admire his honesty immensely and I enjoy reading about his struggles. This 5th installment is about the time he starts writing while teaching in a desolate Norwegian village. Impressive again.

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LaviniaG
A Man in Love | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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Last pages of Knausgaard's book in a super cosy and cool (literally!) café. As usual, pretty hooked by his writing. #karloveknausgaard

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I'm sooo invested,loved book 5 . Is it the quiet emotionalism? the self doubt?the fact Karl Ove spends too much on books and music like I do?I just figured out the book 6 hardcover will not be out till the end of 2018?aarrrrhhhhh!!!!How long does it take to learn Norwegian?

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#ATL #booktour Stop 2 - Eagle Eye Book Shop on Clairemont. Hoping that getting this will finally motivate me to read the first one.

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#17BookLove #MemoirLove

I love this series, but I hate how the publisher is making dedicated readers wait 2 years for the very last volume😡. For five years in a row, they've released a volume each April/May-- EXCEPT this year.😤 Why-o-why does everything have to be such a... struggle?

saresmoore The struggle is real! How is it that you post (almost solely) about books I've never heard of? It's really impressive. These will go in the dedicated @Hobbinol stack! 2y
LeahBergen I've still only read the first. 😬 2y
tricours I've only read the first, but I have them all, no need to wait for translations etc 😎 2y
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LauraBeth I need to read this series! 2y
DivineDiana Never knew about this series. Fascinating! 2y
Hobbinol @tricours Well ain't you somethin' now! Jealous:💚💚💚 2y
Hobbinol @LeahBergen No worries. I think they might be in print for a while.🙂 2y
Hobbinol @DivineDiana @saresmoore @LauraBeth I love this writer. He writes with such great honesty. 2y
shawnmooney ❤❤❤ 2y
Taylor Yeah, I don't want to wait either. And I like reading them in paperback, which means an even longer time.... 2y
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rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
Tanzy13 🐱 2y
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Snickerdoodle hot chocolate and a good book
(I ADORE this series from Karl Ove Knausgaard)

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I had initially planned to work my way through this six-volume giant on an every-other-book basis, but after plowing through book one in a few days NOW I CAN'T STOP. It's brilliant and beautiful and heart wrenching and I never want it to end. #currentlyreading #karloveknausgaard #mystruggle #book2

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Once I abandoned the audio (narrated, not by him, in an arrogant tone of voice) in favor of the text, Knausgaard seduced me with his brainy, wide-eyed non sequiturs, his joys and humiliations just as much as in the first volume. It's going to be a long-term relationship.

MyBookLife I have to get to his books soon! It's seven, right?? 3y
Gleefulreader I'm still on the first one which I want to try and get back to over the holidays when perhaps I have a bit more time for it. (edited) 3y
LeahBergen I don't think I would be able to stand his books on audio. I liked to linger over some of the sentences in the first book. 😬 3y
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Lucky enough to have this week free before starting my new job... read read read!

BookishMarginalia Yey! 👏🏼🎉👏🏼 3y
tricours I'm gonna start book 2 soon as well, I've heard it's supposed to be one of the best in the series? 3y
KatrinaRose @tricours I haven't heard that! Let me know what you think... I'm barely 100 pages in and I like the start of the first volume more 3y
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Hobbinol I'm a big fan of the series.❤️❤️❤️ 3y
tricours Will do! I think some of the later books are when his wife shows up? There's been quite a lot of media attention surrounding the stuff he revealed about her in the books, and last week they got divorced apparently! 3y
Taylor This one and book four are so good. Still haven't read five. 3y
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LeahBergen Jolly bunch, ain't they? 3y
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LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 3y
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LeahBergen I Googled up a storm after finishing book one. I had to see what he and his brother looked like! 😂 3y
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This line from his tribute to his mother at her 60th birthday party got me all verklempt. Now, where did I leave my glasses?

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ReadingEnvy Thoughtful and funny all in one passage. 3y
shawnmooney @ReadingEnvy I thought so too, and wonderfully resonant with 3y
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