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3.5 

Winter

By Karl Ove Knausgaard
Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard digital book - Fable

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The second volume in his autobiographical quartet based on the seasons, Winter is an achingly beautiful collection of daily meditations and letters addressed directly to Knaugsaard's unborn daughter

2 December - It is strange that you exist, but that you don't know anything about what the world looks like. It's strange that there is a first time to see the sky, a first time to see the sun, a first time to feel the air against one's skin. It's strange that there is a first time to see a face, a tree, a lamp, pajamas, a shoe. In my life it almost never happens anymore. But soon it will. In just a few months, I will see you for the first time.

In Winter, we rejoin the great Karl Ove Knausgaard as he waits for the birth of his daughter. In preparation for her arrival, he takes stock of the world, seeing it as if for the first time. In his inimitably sensitive style, he writes about the moon, water, messiness, owls, birthdays--to name just a handful of his subjects. These oh-so-familiar objects and ideas he fills with new meaning, taking nothing for granted or as given. New life is on the horizon, but the earth is also in hibernation, waiting for the warmer weather to return, and so a contradictory melancholy inflects his gaze.

Startling, compassionate, and exquisitely beautiful, Knausgaard's writing is like nothing else. Somehow, he shows the world as it really is, at once mundane and sublime.

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18 Reviews

3.5
“This book felt like opening a page to an old friend. Like coming home to a delightfully ponderous conversation after dinner once all the formal pleasantries have been addressed. The author discusses his thoughts on many topics and memories of his life, seemingly mundane at times, extraordinarily insightful in others. A reminder that beauty and depth can be found if only one is curious enough to see it.”
“as much as I hate to admit it, this book has taken me nearly 5 months to read. I like the concept of using each chapter to describe a "wonder of life" to his soon-to-be-born daughter, but it just got really repetitive at some point. I would describe it as a calming, meditative read, but the chapter titled "Sex" was deeply disturbing and I found it to be misogynistic, though that was probably not the author's intent.”

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