My Struggle

My Struggle

Book Four

Book - 2015
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"At eighteen ... Karl Ove moves to a tiny fisherman's village in [northern Norway] to work as a schoolteacher. No interest in the job itself, his intention is to save up enough money to travel while finding the space and time to start his writing career. Initially everything looks fine. He writes his first few short stories, finds himself accepted by the hospitable locals, and receives flattering attention from several beautiful local girls. But as the darkness of the long Arctic nights start to consume the landscape, Karl Ove's life takes a darker turn"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Archipelago Books, 2015.
Edition: First Archipelago Books edition.
ISBN: 9780914671176
0914671170
Branch Call Number: FIC KNA
Characteristics: 485 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don - Translator

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jackseney Dec 05, 2015

It's hard to tell if books like this seem good simply because they're written by foreign authors, about foreign places, and because they have that exotic "Translated by" on them.
Would I be so interested if this were written by an American about an American place, in the style that it's translated in here? Would I be so interested if an American wrote a novel like this where not a whole lot really happens, where everything's on an "ordinary" day to day basis and where it's mostly all about an "ordinary" young man's first real job, as a teacher? I think that I would if it were written as well as this, with the eye that this author has for the mystique behind all things "ordinary," and with his ability to light up the simplest events with finely placed details. A must-read for anyone looking for anything serious in modern literature.

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