Anyone else reading this guy? I'm at book 4 now and I feel like I should be bored with it but it's something about it that just sucks me in.
I'm reading the Swedish translation and a lot of it is very relatable, do people not living in the Nordic countries feel the same way?
You wouldn't be reading this book if it was the diary / long-winded biography of an average-looking guy. You're only reading it because you bought into the hype (read: meme) or because you're a betacuck looking to live vicariously through the eyes of some mysterious Scandi ladiesman.
"No, really, they eat this shit up"
-Karl Ove Knausgaard to his wife every time she enters his study
You must've been going through some bad times or whatever when you read 3 that influenced your reading. It's a bit different but it lines up perfectly with the other ones and keeps the same tone. The series would've been incomplete without it.
I don't get the Knausgaard is a cuck meme, I jusr finished the first book and he explicitly states there that he has had problems picking up girls.
Does he become a Chad later on or something?
Teenage and young adult Knausgård is a bit of a cunt. I think in Book 5 he cheats on his girlfriend on like three different occasions. That has more to do with his alcohol problem though.
It's a cliche.
>cuts himself with a knife after his gf leaves him
>cheats on women
>has children (kek)
He's an Art-Chad. And millions of edgy young beta guys are being cucked by reading him and making him famous and rich.
I'm 47 years old.
I am handsome, smart, athletic and virile.
I have a novel that is in it's final editing stage, and an editor at my publishing house has read the first draft and think it's a bestseller.
I have a wife who is confident, articulate, playful and spontaneous.
I have a large group of interesting friends from different social and academic backgrounds, and I also have many other acquaintances who see me as a reliable source of humour and good company.
Both my parents are alive and in good health.
I have no regrets.
I have already experienced three existential crises, the latter of which was described as having the depth and profundity of a man twice my age.
I am a passionate lover, a sharp thinker, and a trader of witty repartee.
I am not self-pitying, meek or needlessly humble.
I will live a good life at your expense.
What's the appeal of these books? Genuinely asking: does he have a fascinating talent for language/prose? Are his books insightful and something to live by/a warning for how not to live your life? Or is it just grim dark dramatic stuff that the scandinavians do so well?
>does he have a fascinating talent for language/prose?
Yeah I think that's the pull. There's nothing super special or very poetic about it though, it just feels very honest and on point.
>Are his books insightful and something to live by/a warning for how not to live your life? Or is it just grim dark dramatic stuff that the scandinavians do so well?
It's definitely more than just grimdark stuff. Nothing to live by, maybe a warning if your under 25. I think it's mostly just a very honest description of the writers life and thoughts. It's the level of honesty I think is what is most appealing. And for me it has opened up new ways to see and think about the everyday world around me.
>And for me it has opened up new ways to see and think about the everyday world around me.
I think Knausgård has some very valuable things to say about the everyday triviality that makes up people's lives. Each novel deals with their own separate themes that range from the human experience of childhood, teens, adulthood, parenthood and eventual death. Along the way he throws in really insightful essay-like writings on art, literature and authenticity.
Well, for example he might write about just going to your local convenience store and buying a pack of cigarettes, witch is something I'd normally do on autopilot: get the cigarettes and go home. But he writes about the street, the air, the light, the architecture, the particular feel of everything around him at that hour of the day, the desire to have sex with the girl at the counter and so on, in such a way that it opens up new ways for me to see everyday things.
It's almost like he's a human being, not a 4chan amalgam of hatred and faggotry. Amazing, I wonder if there are more humans like him? Oh, wait, it's like 90% of the normal people outside of this website!