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  • Published: 1 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099581499
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $22.99

Boyhood Island

My Struggle Book 3




An irresistible story of childhood adventure from the international phenomenon, Karl Ove Knausgaard

An irresistible story of childhood adventure from the international phenomenon, 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.

‘Knausgaard finds the sublime in the everyday… Boyhood Island reverberates with the joys and anxieties of early youth, and Knausgaard brilliantly recreates their exaggerated feel’
Times Literary Supplement

  • Pub date: 1 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099581499
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Karl Ove Knausgaard

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece all over the world. From A Death in the Family to The End, the novels move through childhood into adulthood and, together, form an enthralling portrait of human life. Knausgaard has been awarded the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature, the Brage Prize and the Jerusalem Prize. His work, which also includes Out of the World, A Time for Everything and the Seasons Quartet, is published in thirty-five languages.

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Praise for Boyhood Island

“Via his visceral, immersive art, Knausgaard makes the heart visible”

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

“Knausgaard finds the sublime in the everyday... Boyhood Island reverberates with the joys and anxieties of early youth, and Knausgaard brilliantly recreates their exaggerated feel”

Thomas Meaney, Times Literary Supplement

“Compelling and addictive... One of the most grown-up works of fiction we have”

Hermione Hoby, Observer

“Knausgaard's Proustian attention to detail and scrupulous analysis of emotional nuance is almost maddening – but ultimately magnificent”

Vogue

“Knausgaard continues masterfully”

Malcolm Forbes, Literary Review

“One of the most anticipated books of the year (the decade)”

Emily Stokes, Financial Times

“His devotees gobble each new volume with an eagerness previously reserved only for box sets of Borgen”

Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph

“Powerfully hypnotic and addictive… a Norwegian Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha”

Theo Tait, Sunday Times

“Knausgaard transforms the personal and mundane into the universal and perennially significant... There is such depth of feeling beneath the vibrant exterior, such sense of the goodness present in human existence”

Paul Binding, Spectator

“Accessibly and punchily written, an intimate, determined and ultimately successful attempt to shape the tiny mundanities of life into something quite unexpectedly beautiful, compelling and substantial”

Paul Connolly, Metro

“Knausgaard is a writer strong enough to survive the hype... A masterpiece for the age of the selfie... Brutally frank about the frustrations of marriage, work and parenthood, it's often horrifying and deeply funny”

Anthony Cummins, Observer

“Compelling”

Andrew Neather, Evening Standard

“Astounding... A work of such sincerity that, to paraphrase Baudelaire, the paper shrivels and flares at the touch of his fiery pen”

Daniel Fraser, Quietus

“Free-form, fear-filled, densely descriptive…Norway’s biggest literary star since Ibsen… [Knausgaard] has no obvious superiors among the writers now available to an English-reading public”

Leo Robson, New Statesman

“My Struggle is already the most significant literary achievement of the 21st century and we still have three volumes to go”

Matt Thorne, Sunday Express

“Boyhood Island is a tuning fork shaking loose the reader's own memories”

Neil Stewart, The Timse

“There is more to the case of Knausgaard than brutal hype. The books are beautifully readable and convey an atmosphere of robust authenticity”

Prospect

“A work of genius”

Ben Lerner, London Review of Books

“Peculiarly addictive”

David Sexton, Evening Standard

“Knausgaard has rocked the world again”

Bath Chronicle

“Intense, stark and shocking. Also superb”

William Leith, Evening Standard

“Superbly translated”

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

“Intense, stark and shocking”

William Leith, 4 stars, Scotsman

“The only question that counts is: is it really, really good? And it is”

Andrew Marr, New Statesman

“Mr. Knausgaard’s somewhat autobiographical novels are mesmerizing: he is contemporary fiction’s alchemist of the ordinary”

Dwight Garner, New York Times

“Zadie Smith may need them “like crack”, but the books of literary sensation Karl Ove Knausgaard prove far more suitable Christmas gift ideas than the rock; easier to score in Waterstones, simpler to wrap”

Skinny

“Via his visceral, immersive art, Knausgaard makes the heart visible”

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

“Knausgaard finds the sublime in the everyday... Boyhood Island reverberates with the joys and anxieties of early youth, and Knausgaard brilliantly recreates their exaggerated feel”

Thomas Meaney, Times Literary Supplement

“Compelling and addictive... One of the most grown-up works of fiction we have”

Hermione Hoby, Observer

“Knausgaard's Proustian attention to detail and scrupulous analysis of emotional nuance is almost maddening – but ultimately magnificent”

Vogue

“Knausgaard continues masterfully”

Malcolm Forbes, Literary Review

“One of the most anticipated books of the year (the decade)”

Emily Stokes, Financial Times

“His devotees gobble each new volume with an eagerness previously reserved only for box sets of Borgen”

Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph

“Powerfully hypnotic and addictive… a Norwegian Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha”

Theo Tait, Sunday Times

“Knausgaard transforms the personal and mundane into the universal and perennially significant... There is such depth of feeling beneath the vibrant exterior, such sense of the goodness present in human existence”

Paul Binding, Spectator

“Accessibly and punchily written, an intimate, determined and ultimately successful attempt to shape the tiny mundanities of life into something quite unexpectedly beautiful, compelling and substantial”

Paul Connolly, Metro

“Knausgaard is a writer strong enough to survive the hype... A masterpiece for the age of the selfie... Brutally frank about the frustrations of marriage, work and parenthood, it's often horrifying and deeply funny”

Anthony Cummins, Observer

“Compelling”

Andrew Neather, Evening Standard

“Astounding... A work of such sincerity that, to paraphrase Baudelaire, the paper shrivels and flares at the touch of his fiery pen”

Daniel Fraser, Quietus

“Free-form, fear-filled, densely descriptive…Norway’s biggest literary star since Ibsen… [Knausgaard] has no obvious superiors among the writers now available to an English-reading public”

Leo Robson, New Statesman

“My Struggle is already the most significant literary achievement of the 21st century and we still have three volumes to go”

Matt Thorne, Sunday Express

“Boyhood Island is a tuning fork shaking loose the reader's own memories”

Neil Stewart, The Timse

“There is more to the case of Knausgaard than brutal hype. The books are beautifully readable and convey an atmosphere of robust authenticity”

Prospect

“A work of genius”

Ben Lerner, London Review of Books

“Peculiarly addictive”

David Sexton, Evening Standard

“Knausgaard has rocked the world again”

Bath Chronicle

“Intense, stark and shocking. Also superb”

William Leith, Evening Standard

“Superbly translated”

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

“Intense, stark and shocking”

William Leith, 4 stars, Scotsman

“The only question that counts is: is it really, really good? And it is”

Andrew Marr, New Statesman

“Mr. Knausgaard’s somewhat autobiographical novels are mesmerizing: he is contemporary fiction’s alchemist of the ordinary”

Dwight Garner, New York Times

“Zadie Smith may need them “like crack”, but the books of literary sensation Karl Ove Knausgaard prove far more suitable Christmas gift ideas than the rock; easier to score in Waterstones, simpler to wrap”

Skinny


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