Boyhood Island

Paperback | September 9, 2014

byKarl Ove KnausgaardTranslated byDon Bartlett

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An autobiographical story of childhood and family from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard.
     Childhood is exhilarating and terrifying. For the young Karl Ove, new houses, classes and friends are met with manic excitement and creeping dread. Adults occupy godlike positions of power, benevolent in the case of his doting mother, tyrannical in the case of his cruel father.
     In the now infamously direct style of the My Struggle cycle, Knausgaard describes a time in which victories and defeats are felt keenly and every attempt at self-definition is frustrated. This is a book about family, memory and how we never become quite what we set out to be.

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An autobiographical story of childhood and family from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard.      Childhood is exhilarating and terrifying. For the young Karl Ove, new houses, classes and friends are met with manic excitement and creeping dread. Adults occupy godlike positions of power, benevolent in the case...

KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD's first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win The Norwegian Critics' Prize. His second novel, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first instalment in the epic My Struggle cycle, was awarded the prestigious Brage Award and is being heralded a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.79 × 5.07 × 1.04 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0099581493

ISBN - 13:9780099581499

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Great book! Gives you an impression of what life is like in Norway as a child. Karl Ove as a child does a little too much crying at times. Turn on the water works! I never knew a child who cried so much. Not exactly your regular cri de coeur. Love the parts where he talks about his parents; his brother Yngve; his admiration and awakening when it comes to the opposite sex; his deep love of the written word; and his love of music. Sometimes I couldn't put it down. At other times I was counting the pages. But overall a good, pleasant, enjoyable read.
Date published: 2015-11-13