My Struggle, Karl Ove Knausgaard

my struggleI just finished My Struggle, the first volume of six.  The entire series consists of 3600 pages.  It is a commitment and one I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy but I decided I would start with one and see what happened.  Considering the book is available in 22 languages plus some and has been read by one of every nine adults in Norway there must be a reason for it.

The book is incredibly powerful and raw.  It is like reading the mind of someone and their most intimate thoughts and secrets.  The title of the book is interesting considering that Mein Kampf was the title for Hitlers book.  Regardless it is an autobiographical book of Karl Ove’s personal struggle.  The reader gets an inside view of his personal relationships that start as a young boy into adulthood and the passing of his alcoholic father.   I also got a better understanding of what it is like to grow up in that part of the world from the way people interact with each other to the extreme weather.

I have never read anything else quite like it.  I plan on reading the other five books.  From everything that I have read about the author the book has certainly taken a toll on his personal life.  He leaves nothing on the table sharing every intimate detail of his life.  The descriptions are so vivid that you take his tales and insert them in your own head.

Pulitzer?  I would think so.