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lauraisntwilder
A House in Norway | Vigdis Hjorth
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Wow. Alma, the main character of this thought-provoking short novel, is a maddening mess of a person. There aren't many characters and everything is told from Alma's perspective, so the other characters are either unlikable or sympathetic depending on how annoyed I was with Alma. I ended up loving the book, despite Alma, and I hope Slawomira is okay (yes, I know she's fictional).

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nathandrake1997
My Struggle, Book 3 | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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BOYHOOD ISLAND. Volume three of Karl Ove Knausgaard's landmark autobiographical novelization series MY STRUGGLE. The choice of title for this volume invites some rather interesting speculation. Knausgaard, in this title refers to his childhood as an "island", an entity seperated from the spatial continuity of the territorial map of his life....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 ....One hint of this existential territorial seperation lies in the difference in the grammar of Knausgaard's storytelling. Unlike previous volumes (A DEATH IN THE FAMILY and A MAN IN LOVE), this is a much more eventful novel. But what makes the relentlessly eventful nature of the prose work is the fact that it is grounded in the mundanity of the human experience..... 4d
nathandrake1997 .....In more ways than one, it reminded me of the flashback sequences of Terrence Malick's 2011 masterpiece THE TREE OF LIFE. Especially in the way Knausgaard talks about his parents. Just like the film, the mother here is shown as the angelic benevolent figure while the father is the tyrant..... 4d
nathandrake1997 ..... It is a depiction that at first feels like bordering on stereotype, but when one takes into context that while the prose is being written by an adult, it is prose filtered through the lens of the worldview of a child, this one note description makes sense as depth and nuance are traits one acquires through experience and this novel in a way charts Knausgaard's existential trek on the path of acquiring that very nuance.... 4d
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nathandrake1997 ....The very nuance that would eventually give us everyone's favourite reserved and understated author without an editor..... 4d
nathandrake1997 ....So, why this change in function is what one wonders while contemplating formally about the prose. According to Knausgaard, since the person who we are born as and the person we become, in most cases, are poles apart, maybe we should change our names as we transcend from one stage of our life to another..... 4d
nathandrake1997 .....So, coming back to the functional change in the form of the prose here, this volume talks about the "childhood" Knausgaard. A Knausgaard who was more extroverted. A Knausgaard who initiated conversatios. And most shocking of all, a Knausgaard who liked food! Also what catches one off guard is the fact that this is a Knausgaard text with barely any mention of either coffee or cigarettes! 4d
nathandrake1997 ....Contrary to what one is lead to believe in the preceding volumes, Knausgaard had a rather eventful childhood. A childhood so startlingly eventful that one wonders whether this actually is the childhood of the introverted recluse we all love?.... 4d
nathandrake1997 .....From participating in a pooping contest (a contest where the winner is decided based on the shape, size, smell and colour of the individual turds) to attending a house party that morphs into an orgy, this is a gossamer of memories that is comparatively bizzare than those in the preceding volumes (yes, even that scene in A MAN IN LOVE where Karl slashes across his face with a broken glass after Linda rejects his first proposal)..... 4d
nathandrake1997 ....Pooping contests and orgies? Is this the same Knausgaard we are talking about?.... 4d
nathandrake1997 ....But it is not just these two instances. Throughout the novel, this particular question popped up in my mind at regular intervals. It especially arises when taking the previous volumes into context. So, while this is a more self contained installment than its predecessor, this still is a novel best read with context of the previous volumes. 4d
Suet624 You make this kind of, sort of, just barely, want to continue reading this series. I stopped after Volume 1. 4d
BarbaraBB I think this one was the odd one out. I loved these series so much. And you‘re right, as a child he was completely different. 4d
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Martta
Police | Jo Nesb
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Found a box of full of books from at the lobby of my building 😍

RaeLovesToRead Love the glittery shoes!! 💕 4d
Martta @RaeLovesToRead Thanks! They are new and I'm still totally crazy about them! 😍 I bought them to myself as a gift for consistency for half a year of my new relationship with food. Makes me soo happy everytime I wear them!! 😁🥰😍 4d
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Amiable
The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Third book completed off my #AuldLangSpine list from @Deblovestoread . It was a bit of a strange read for me—I enjoyed it while I was reading it but was never in a hurry to pick it back up again after I put it down. I did appreciate the historical aspects that drove me to Google to discover what really happened with the witch trials in Finnmark in 1617-1619.

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sarahbarnes
Grown Ups | Marie Aubert
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This short novel adeptly illustrated the fears, insecurities and flaws of two adult sisters coming together for a holiday at their family cabin. I felt deeply for both of them throughout the story while also cringing at the ways they often showed up. An uncomfortable and insightful read. #ToB2023longlist

squirrelbrain I loved this one too, and your review is spot on. 👌 2w
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain another one that could‘ve made the shortlist! 🥸 2w
BarbaraBB Totally agree. So good. And it packs a punch! 2w
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squirrelbrain Yes, it should have done…over nearly all of the *actual* shortlist 😬 2w
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain seriously though! 2w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB it really does. 2w
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Megabooks
Will and Testament | Vigdis Hjorth
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My last #ALSpine read this month was definitely the heaviest. I had to stop in the middle for two days to catch my breath.

Bergljot endured sexual abuse at the hands of her father that her sisters did not. She separated herself from her family after undergoing therapy, but she gets drawn back into their orbit when there is a dispute about inheritance after his death. Hjorth‘s writing is realistic and well informed by current trauma theories.

monalyisha Oof. Sounds good but hard. I‘ve had to pause during my most recent read, too…just because I know it‘s emotional. Worth it but requires patience with ourselves! 3w
Megabooks @monalyisha exactly! I‘m glad I read this, but it was definitely difficult. 3w
Megabooks @monalyisha thanks for the great match again! There are a couple of more books I‘d like to get to later in the year, but I‘ve really enjoyed the four I read this month. 3w
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monalyisha @Megabooks You‘re welcome! Happy to hear it. I think 4‘s the number I‘ll get to this month, as well. 🎉 3w
BarbaraBB Sounds like a tough one 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it was!! 3w
Cinfhen Sounds really traumatic - good for you for persevering 🙌🏻 3w
Emilymdxn I‘m glad you liked it, agree it‘s very painful to read tho! Writing the tw‘s for the alspine form was so hard - I think this required the most of any book I‘ve ever recommended anyone 2w
Megabooks @Emilymdxn yes! I rarely stop reading a book due to TWs, but this one was hard. I really appreciate the care the author took in expressing this difficult subject. It was REALLY well done. 2w
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Teresereading
Grown Ups | Marie Aubert
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Reading on my commute
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Hannah_11
The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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When I read the blurb for this I knew it would be right up my street. It did not disappoint! I was hooked from the beginning, a beautifully written story of some incredible women. What more could you want?
#pick #themercies #love

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squirrelbrain
Grown Ups | Marie Aubert
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This was only a short book (I read it in one sitting) but it packed a powerful punch in terms of the veracity of the familial relationships portrayed.

40 year old Ida goes on holiday to her family‘s Norwegian cabin, where making sense of her life leads to conflicts with the rest of her family.

It‘s already winging it‘s way to you Meg! @Megabooks

#52books #under200pages
#pop23 #theshortestbookonyourtbrlist

Cathythoughts Your review has me stacking it 👍🏻 thank you ♥️ 4w
dabbe Puppy face! 😍 4w
LeahBergen Henry‘s looking very “grown up” himself. ❤️❤️ 4w
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Cortg Adorable! And the book sounds good! 4w
Cinfhen Ohhhh, I like short books that pack a punch 🥊 Hi Henry 🐶 4w
LaraReads Sooooo cute! And thanks for the rec! Looks really good! 4w
LeeRHarry Look at Henry the book model! 💕 4w
squirrelbrain @LeahBergen - he‘s 15 months old now - I can‘t believe it! 4w
Megabooks Oh wow!! Thanks so much Helen! Really looking forward to it! 💕💕 4w
Megabooks Henry is the most adorable black lab on the planet! 😍 4w
sarahbarnes Great review! This one is on my library stack at the moment and hope to get to it soon. Henry! 😍 4w
TrishB Henry 🐶❤️ 4w
BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one a lot too 🤍 4w
Hooked_on_books Hi Henry! (He‘s so cute!) 4w
Librarybelle Stacking! 4w
Cathythoughts Henry 🥰 I see I have the book stacked already 👍🏻 4w
batsy Hello, Henry! 😘 4w
MicheleinPhilly Hey there, handsome! Pickles would like to know if you are into long distance relationships. 🥰 4w
squirrelbrain Yes, please Pickles! Mum would be very pleased as I disgraced myself a bit on a walk yesterday when I met a lovely lady Labrador so if it was long distance I wouldn‘t be able to do that! 😬 @MicheleinPhilly 4w
MicheleinPhilly 😮 Naughty boy! 4w
tpixie Gorgeous puppy 🐶 #Dogs of Litsy 4w
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