Spring by Karl Ove Knausgård
"The great and terrifying beauty does not abandon us, it is there all the time, in everything that is always the same, in the sun and the stars, in the bonfire and the darkness, in the blue carpet of flowers beneath the tree. It is of no use to us, it is too big for us, but we can look at it, and we can bow before it."
I just finished reading this book and it was so incredibly lovely to read. I could have cried countless times and I could have thrown it countless times but that’s what's terribly great about this book, is the relatableness! It follows the story of a father of four, whose wife is ill and it’s left to him to hold it together. . It explores love, loneliness, depression, loss and life (that’s a lot of ‘L’s) but mostly parenting. Spring, which is a very fitting title for the book, brings new life and in Knausgård’s situation, it’s his new daughter. The book is almost, of sorts, an ‘ode’ (without the rhyme) to this ‘new life’ and about how this could change so much.
I think Knausgård has written this book in a manner where you, as the reader knows exactly how he is feeling. For me, it really struck a chord because having suffered postnatal depression in the past, I understand how much it can really put a strain on the family. I saw too much in this book, my husband when we were in the depths of the PND, which is why I think Knausgård has done a great job descibing what is on the ‘other side’ of the partnership and the effects of mental health.
It’s a quick read, if you’re finding you don’t have time to read, this is your book.
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