Boyhood Island by Karl Ove Knausgaard

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October 2014, no. 365
Boyhood Island

Boyhood Island

by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Vintage, $32.99 pb, 490 pp, 9781846557231

Boyhood Island by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Reviewed by
October 2014, no. 365

In Boyhood Island, the third volume in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s internationally acclaimed My Struggle cycle, we are taken back to where the series began: an island in southern Norway, seven-year-old Karl Ove and his older brother Yngve live under the tyranny of a cruel and taciturn father in the mid-1970s. Unlike the first volume, A Death in the Family (2012), which stays with young Karl Ove for only a few pages before casting off in many different directions, Boyhood Island follows him from ages seven to thirteen in a rarely broken, linear fashion. It ends neatly on the last day of class for the year, as Karl Ove’s family prepares to leave Tromoya, and he farewells a group of friends.

Boyhood Island

Boyhood Island

by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Vintage, $32.99 pb, 490 pp, 9781846557231

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