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My Struggle June 10, 2015

Filed under: Ageing,Authors,Autobiography,Childhood,Norway — Janet @ 5:13 pm
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10 june 080  What a series.  I started with Book 3 which focused mainly on Karl Ove Knausgraard’s childhood.  Fascinating.  Then I read Book 1, which actually picked up where Book 3 ended.  Equally good.  Now on to Book 2.

The series consists of 6 books, all written in Norwegian of course.  They are slowly being translated and published in English. The English edition of Book 4 has just  been issued in hardback.

Karl Ove Knausgård.jpg  image from Wikipedia,  the author Karl Ove Knausgaard age 46


Meeting the Mayor June 1, 2015

Filed under: Ballard,Bergen Norway,Sister Cities — Janet @ 7:17 pm
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125px-Flag_of_Norway.svg  It was the 22nd of May in Seattle.   The King of Norway was visiting here  for several days and we were there to greet him when he came to Bergen Place here in Ballard to dedicate a mural.

may 2015 013  Can you see the King?            may 2015 015



The King came and went, without a word.  But    –    we met and talked with the Mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray.  It was also the day of the big referendum in Ireland.  The Mayor explained that earlier in the day he had been wearing appropriate items in support of the referendum to make same sex marriage legal in the Emerald Isle.   Both sets of his grandparents emigrated from Ireland to the U.S.   Susan and I enjoyed sharing our Irishness with him.






A Book I Liked May 28, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 5:33 pm
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may 2015 080 My Struggle, Book 3 by Karl Ove Knausgaard

This book is just one of the volumes in a 6 volume set.  Originally written in Norwegian.  It appears to be sweeping the literary world.  Just to be contrary, I decided to start with Book 3 which is about the author’s boyhood.  It was wonderful.  Very perceptive and beautifully written.   I am eager now to go to Book 1 and discover more about this man and his life beyond boyhood.  His cruel father – how could a man possibly behave like that? and other questions and answers lie ahead.