My Struggle, Book 1 : My Struggle

  • by Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
  • Series: My Struggle
  • 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

My Struggle: Book One introduces American listeners to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative and brilliant six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It has already been anointed a Proustian masterpiece and is the rare work of dazzling literary originality that is intensely, irresistibly readable. Unafraid of the big issues - death, love, art, fear - and yet committed to the intimate details of life as it is lived, My Struggle is an essential work of contemporary literature.


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My Struggle turned to MY joy

A slow starter, Karl Ove seemed a bit too indulgent for me but I'm so glad I persisted.

Part II was much more interesting. Knausgaard's writing is compelling - the detail not overwhelming but thoughtful and absolutely riveting.His observations are remarkable. We become enormously sympathetic to his shock of the state of his Grandmother's house. The portrayal of this woman's "unravelling" is so tender yet so honest. Now that I have finished, I am astonished how much I am missing Karl Ove and co. I have just started Book 2.

Edoardo Ballerini's reading is truly masterful.
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- Ballina Beach

Apalling misogyny

I can't believe the raves I've heard about this author and dazzling comparisons to Marcel Proust. He is a narcissistic child abuser with a contempt for women. I really tried with this book looking for jewels of metaphors or at the least a story line. All I heard was: 'Woe is me.' Eminently put downable. To write about shaking your children under the guise of literature is a criminal offence.
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- Lindsay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-12-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books