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My Struggle: Book Four: Dancing in the Dark…

My Struggle: Book Four: Dancing in the Dark (2010)

by Karl Ove Knausgård

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Series: My struggle (4)

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Book Four was engaging and sturdily amusing -- how could it not be as the plot is the over-eager 18 year old male on fire to lose his virginity? K.O. spends a year in northern Norway teaching in a tiny town at a tiny school. Indeed you could argue that Book Four is different from the previous three in that it has, sort of, a plot and a structure or, or at least momentum. It is also, like the first three, alternately tender and sad and irritating. This is the time when our lad's father settles into serious alcoholism and when K.O. having discovered the magical effect that drinking has on his own self-consciousness, starts depending on it. But it is also the book in which K.O. begins to emerge as the adult person he will be--his ambition to become a writer begins to take firm hold, his desire to learn what he needs to, to prove himself in other ways (in this case to be a decent teacher) than simply achieving his primary obsession. It is also the most "fictional" of the books, with some hints at the fictional aspect of the "stories" in the earlier books. I'm keeping in mind what K.O. said at his reading about being able to look any of the people who might appear in his books in the eye. I know his father's family doesn't think he dealt fairly and that is understandable, it's an unrelentingly harsh portrait--but even that refusal to face facts demonstrates, ironically, why the man drank himself to death. Onward to Books Five and Six. ****1/2 ( )
  sibyx | Sep 22, 2017 |
This book covers Karl Ove's life as a 16, 17, 18 year old. After his last year of "high school," he spends one year in a remote far northern fishing village as a teacher, some of his students being only a few years younger than him. We learn a bit more about his difficult relationship with his father, who is now beginning to exhibit alcoholic tendencies. Karl Ove also begins to focus on his writing career, intending to use his time in "isolation" in the far north to produce a body of work for publication.

But for the most part this book focuses on what I gather are the prime concerns of many late teen boys: getting drunk and getting laid, with some drugs and rock music thrown in. This is not a subject that particularly interests me, so I was less enthralled with this installment than I have been with previous ones. However, the writing remains compelling, drawing one to keep reading no matter how trivial the subject. And I really enjoyed the far north ambience, the cold, the darkness, the snow, the ice, and the people whose options often include only the life of a fisherman.

On the whole, recommended.

3 1/2 stars ( )
  arubabookwoman | May 25, 2017 |
Read it and enjoyed but no appetite for more. ( )
  adrianburke | May 18, 2016 |
Opnieuw een bijzonder boek van Karl Ove, deze keer over de tijd dat hij als 18-jarige gaat werken als leraar in een klein plaatsje in Noord-Noorwegen. Met een langdurig uitstapje naar zijn leven als 16-jarige, zijn ouders zijn net gescheiden, hij woont bij zijn moeder en gaat steeds meer spijbelen en drinken. Je ziet hem afglijden. Het verhaal over zijn leraarschap wordt vooral beheerst door seks. De hoofdpersoon komt te snel klaar en kan dus niet neuken. Dit is een obsessie die het hele boek door speelt. Op het eind komt het goed. Erg mooi vind ik de beschrijving van de winter: het wordt helemaal niet licht en het donker heeft een hele bijzondere invloed op iedereen. Karl Ove draait zijn dag- en nachtritme om (wat maakt het uit?) en geeft les aan het eind van zijn dag. Hij valt dan ook regelmatig in school in slaap. Weer een heel ander boek dan 'Vader', maar even fascinerend en goed geschreven. ( )
  elsmvst | Mar 8, 2016 |
I thought it would be hard to top 'A Man in Love', but this is the best novel in the cycle so far. ( )
  Lirmac | Sep 11, 2015 |
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Knausgård, Karl Oveprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bartlett, DonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huttunen, KatriinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Molenaar, MarianneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Langsomt kom de to koffertene mine glidende på rullebåndet gjennom ankomsthallen.
Jeg forstilte meg alltid litt overfor Tor Einar, det gjorde jeg ikke overfor Nils Erik, og jeg likte ikke meg selv når jeg forstilte meg, når det fantes en avstand mellom den jeg var og det jeg sa, en slags forsinkelse som ga rom for beregningen, det at jeg heller sa det han ville høre enn det jeg selv ville si eller snakke om.
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