Just some chick.
@Amasa Amos what is there to say that isn't said above.
@Vera Knoop Oh, I want everyone to be called out, all the time. Everyone, myself included. I'm kind of a one-issue writer: a First Amendment egalitarian, I guess you could say.
It really makes me leap out of my skin when someone (anyone) is being told what to write, what to think. I can't take it, for reals. I say that as a so-called person of color, and a woman. We should all be free to hold unpopular and incorrect opinions. And be called out, and talk all about them, as friends, as fellow human beings, in the finest detail.
@Vera Knoop thank you very much for your kind words. I'm deeply invested in defending any human being, if I can.
@MatthewGallaway you're quite right: my appreciation of Knausgaard is as subjective as your denunciation is (and that's healthy, I think!)
With respect to homophobia, I consider it unproductive in the extreme to reduce the question to Knausgaard is Homophobic vs. Knausgaard is Not Homophobic. It's not that simple. Literally anyone born in the West in the 1960s grew up in an extremely homophobic environment relative to the (still obviously imperfect) one we are in today.
I think it is useful and interesting to consider the bald facts of Knausgaard's narrative and compare them to today's attitudes, as much with respect to machismo and 'masculinity' as to homophobia. As others here have noted, the central theme of this first volume is the concept of 'manhood' as it was understood in the days of the author's youth.
@MatthewGallaway nobody is "apologizing" for anything in this book! I (and many others) read it very differently; nothing more or less than that.
@MatthewGallaway p.s. (serious question, not trolling) Do you think Nabokov does enough to denounce Humbert Humbert?
@MatthewGallaway anyone is free to read this (or any other) book however he likes; I find it utterly descriptive, not prescriptive. In fact, that's the book's defining quality; I can't think offhand of an author less interested in being "excused" for anything.
You can't have it both ways: either embrace the enlightened world or reject it.
Oh, but he can. And does. It's up to the reader to interpret the warts-and-all story of M. Knausgaard's adolescence, and I submit that most readers will see his adolescent 80s provincialism for exactly what it was. He was born in 1968 and raised in a small town... what would we expect his life to have been? Does every novel require a didactic narrator? If so, are we to be forbidden to read anything published before the 20th century?
@488101787@twitter oh, don't be such an old stick-in-the-mud. My own favorite spelling is: "Boo! Alla" which I saw on this message board once.
it comes with a pogo stick in lieu of emergency exit