A Death in the Family

A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 07/03/2013
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A Death in the Family
A brave and immersive book
This is a forensic fictionalised account of part of the author's adolescence, and of coping with his father's death and its dispiriting and degrading after... READ MORE
Andrew Lake at Piccadilly
A Death in the Family
Bravely honest in depth inspection of two events in a mans life
Decided to read this after hearing all the hype, here’re my thoughts: The reason why this book became popular is the absolute clarity Knausgaard is able t... READ MORE
Joshua at Berkhamsted
A Death in the Family
A Death in the Family
This is a big book in all respects, weighing in at four hundred pages and completely unafraid of tackling the big themes: death, personal responsibility, l... READ MORE
Stuart
A Death in the Family
Introspective and detailed
Knausgaard's autobiographical novel (only the first of many) uses excessive detail to conjure up the reality of day-to-day life and conjure up vivid memori... READ MORE
Katie Reid

Synopsis

One of the Guardian's 100 Best Books of the 21st Century, an addictive and searingly honest novel about childhood, family and grief.

Karl Ove Knausgaard writes about his life with painful honesty. He writes about his childhood and teenage years, his infatuation with rock music, his relationship with his loving yet almost invisible mother and his distant and unpredictable father, and his bewilderment and grief on his father's death.

When Karl Ove becomes a father himself, he must balance the demands of caring for a young family with his determination to write great literature. Knausgaard has created a universal story of the struggles, great and small, that we all face in our lives. A profound and mesmerizing work, written as if the author's very life were at stake.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099555162
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Weight: 360g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm

Customer Reviews

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A Death in the Family
Introspective
A bit of a curate's egg, but rather too introspective even for my liking. There are some good descriptive passages, particularly those that give a sense of... READ MORE
Anita H
A Death in the Family
Uninteresting
I`m not sure how I really feel about this book. I`ve never been too keen on autobiographies and this novel is certainly that. I was given this book to revi... READ MORE
Ilona
A Death in the Family
Mixed feelings- a bit dark
The old adage, never judge a book by it's cover...The cover was a big clue as to the book's content. The cover looks depressing and is sub-titled My Strugg... READ MORE
Korky
A Death in the Family
Compelling and addictive
I am not sure why these books are so addictive but they undoubtably are. This first volume of Karl Ove's novelised memoirs tells the story of his childhood... READ MORE
Gary A
A Death in the Family
Dull
I spent most of this book wondering when something might happen. I read this for a book club and really had to struggle to get it finished, I felt nothing ... READ MORE
Annie G