Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle: Book One

cover of Karl Ove book My Struggle Book OneFinished the first volume of Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle over the weekend. If you like Proust, you’ll like this. If you think Proust was a neurotic whiner who needed a stiff drink and some lessons in being human (and you don’t like endlessly reading about such a person’s existence), then I recommend you steer clear.

I found the book strikingly honest and intimate. And not in a beautiful way. It’s an experience you virtually never have when reading — of seeing someone laid so bare that it’s hard to even know how to paint a picture of the person in your head. To feel like you know someone like that is rare.