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Boyhood Island: My Struggle Book 3

Boyhood Island: My Struggle Book 3 [Kindle Edition]

Karl Ove Knausgaard , Don Bartlett
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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"Via his visceral, immersive art, Knausgaard makes the heart visible" (Boyd Tonkin Independent)

"Knausgaard finds the sublime in the everyday... Boyhood Island reverberates with the joys and anxieties of early youth, and Knausgaard brilliantly recreates their exaggerated feel" (Thomas Meaney Times Literary Supplement)

"Compelling and addictive... One of the most grown-up works of fiction we have" (Hermione Hoby Observer)

"Knausgaard's Proustian attention to detail and scrupulous analysis of emotional nuance is almost maddening – but ultimately magnificent" (Vogue)

"Knausgaard continues masterfully" (Malcolm Forbes Literary Review)

"One of the most anticipated books of the year (the decade)" (Emily Stokes Financial Times)

"His devotees gobble each new volume with an eagerness previously reserved only for box sets of Borgen" (Tim Martin Daily Telegraph)

"Powerfully hypnotic and addictive… a Norwegian Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" (Theo Tait Sunday Times)

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An autobiographical story of childhood and family from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1722 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (20 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099581493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099581499
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,386 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning and accurate portrayal of childhood 6 April 2014
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As the title suggests for the 3rd volume in the 'My Struggle' cycle Knausgaard revisits childhood. 'Boyhood Island' opens with the family arriving on the island of Tromøya in August 1969, when Karl Ove is a baby and ends as they leave the island with Karl Ove now a teenager. I defy anyone who reads this book not to think of their own childhood, the successes and failures, fears, times of embarrassment, friends and enemies,not to mention your first boy/girlfriend and broken heart.If you have read 'Death in the Family', the first volume, you will already know that Karl Ove had a very difficult relationship with his father and this one paints the picture of this relationship in detail. Knausgaard writes with complete honesty and makes the most mundane events and situations interesting and compelling, leaving me - and I am sure many published authors feel the same - wondering 'how does he do it?'

I found this volume the easiest to read and it would be a good starting point for anyone who hasn't read the other books. It is a continuous narrative and there are, as I expected, long paragraphs but 'Boyhood Island' is more of a straight narrative, with very little moving around in time and only on a couple of occasions does the Karl Ove of the present make an appearance. It is hard not to become completely absorbed by the story, reading time extended as I thought 'just another page or 2 and then I will do the ironing, cook dinner, or whatever'.

As I finished 'Boyhood Island' I immediately wanted to read the next book, but as there is about a year before I will be able too I returned to 'A Death in the Family', even though I had another couple of novels on the go at the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By jw1951
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I've read the two previous volumes, which aren't obligatory but it's probably advisable to read the work in order. It's hard to know why Knausgaard's series is so gripping, but it is. Here, he recounts his childhood on an island. Nothing super-dramatic happens, but the narrative carries you along. His relationships with his family and friends, sexual awakening of a sort, all these are described, as well as the rather strange, isolated environment in which he's brought up. The whole series has been highly praised and in my view deserves the praise it's been given. Let's hope we English-speakers don't have to wait too long for the rest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fear, trembling and exhilaration of childhood 6 May 2014
By Sabina
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This is my first Knausgaard. I liked the lucid prose and was pained by the childhood knots and embarrassments and Karl Ove's fear of his bullying father. And then there are the fresh, as-if-it-happened-yesterday descriptions of romps in the forest, the friendships interwoven with pre-teen complexes to do with acceptance/rejection, the landscape of a Norwegian island, holidays on his grandparents' farm, the first, awkward sexual experimentations. And the question which nags as you read - his mum was so nice, why couldn't she rescue him from his dad's rages? (The father did keep his more sadistic outbursts for when she wasn't around). But then isn't this why childhood can be so painful - you don't disclose your deepest fears to anyone? But with the immediacy of childhood, Karl Ove can be feeling stuck and deeply despondent and then suddenly he is out there on his bike looking for discarded porn mags with his friend Geir, very much in the moment. Excellent writing in many ways.
Why not five stars? Well, I have to admit that there were a few paragraphs which interested me less, with their detailed long descriptions and I skim-read them. But when I focused back in, it was always worth it and the scenes came alive. The final impression is of a most vivid portrayal of this boy's childhood, his acute sensitivities and his resilience, and it cannot but resonate with many aspects of any reader's childhood too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Struggle everyone can relate to. 29 May 2014
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I have read his first two books in the "My Struggle" series and find the third "Boyhood Island" compelling and very on point. I think most people, male and female, can relate to the situations illustrated so eloquently in this book. We all have the embarrassing moments, such as Karl Ove's swim cap for his swim lessons and the resulting harassment from schoolmates, during our school years that are so much like this, we can all relate. A very moving and touching book. Karl Ove writes in such a way that as a reader you "know" it his story, but you don't "know", it is crafted very well. As a Norwegian three generations removed from Norway I can see glimpses of heritage, I cannot wait for 4,5 and 6 to be translated into English. Bravo Karl Ove Knausgaard for an excellent series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Karl Ove book to relish. 4 Oct 2014
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This is the third book of Karl Ove's I have read and I loved every chapter, every word, every thought contained in it. As he is the same age as my son I recognise the similarities between a child of the 70's growing up in Norway and a child of the 70's in the UK because this is the story of everyone's childhood, the intense feelings, the growing realisation that boys and girls are different and the ways in which they differ, the importance of your relationship with your parents but how they are somehow outside your world. Like Zadie Smith I need his next 3 books to be translated, come on Don Bartlett and thank you so much for the first three.
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Bookclub book which i didn't finish but rest of group did. Prompted a good discussion so for that alone to be commended
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can't wait for the next in the series.
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A third volume of warmth and insight into how we live our lives
Published 2 months ago by M
4.0 out of 5 stars I love to read Karl Ove Knausgaard
I love to read Karl Ove Knausgaard, although, I preferred the first 2 books. Nevertheless I can not wait to read the 3rd one, he has an amazing capacity to make you interested in... Read more
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Better than the first two. His openness and honesty about his faults and failures are commendable - there is no self-serving bias here. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Russell Reviews
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what I'd hoped for from this Nordic giant!
Published 5 months ago by lindiana
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - read all 3
The first one is the best but worth reading them all. Honest, insightful and wonderful evocation of Norway and Sweden. Very funny too in places.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. S. Hepburn
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